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idea for improvement: Use colspan to cut down on the number of cells



More improvement: Use that with "background: linear-gradient(...)" and you've got the makings of a truly baroque image format.

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With several backgrounds like that maybe you can build up a Fourier representation of a small image

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/Dctjpeg.p...

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Right, that's what I kind of had in mind. It'd be tough to combine them to get a "checkerboard" result, though, since you can only specify them along a single axis. You might be able to do something fancy with multiple overlapping backgrounds, though.

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also consider using css classes as a colour palette

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