Back to HTML! [was: What in the world happened to this list?]
Wed, 5 Apr 95 21:51:33 PDT

> > Something for the new Gif standard perhaps??
> I don't think that it is the current GIF standard. It is the way that
> the graphical browsers handle these GIFs. A new GIF standard is the
> farthest thing from what the WWW community needs. I say convert all of
> the GIFs that you have to JPEGs anyway. With CompuServe going haywire
> over trying to charge a fee for use of their standard, who needs it.

Actually, there are many times one prefers GIFs over JPGs:

- A lot of inlines are *smaller* as GIF than as JPG. Almost all icons are.
In fact, many thumbnails can be reduced to GIFs smaller than 1k. You
hardly can make a JPG (any JPG) that small. In fact, when the corresponding
JPG is smaller than the GIF, you should wonder whether the image might
be too big to inline it.
- For images with sharp edges (like in logo's and other computer generated
stuff) JPGs look bad, creating `ghostedges'. (Read the JPG faq.)
- Not all browser can handle inline JPGs.
- You cannot have a transparant JPGs.
- You cannot have interlaced JPGs.