What and whyThe term “sprites” comes from computer graphics. Its just - fetch a graphic into memory, display required parts of that graphic at a time (Using css background positioning). It is faster than having to fetch new images.
HowHere are some articles -
The Mystery Of CSS Sprites: Techniques, Tools And Tutorials
CSS Sprites: What They Are, Why They’re Cool, and How To Use Them
CSS Sprites: Image Slicing’s Kiss of Death
and here is one useful tool to generate css sprites -
Css Sprite generator
By : Motyar+ @motyar