Re: Inlined image format

Tony Sanders (sanders@BSDI.COM)
Wed, 26 Jan 1994 13:46:58 -0600

> doesn't strike me as so terribly important. I think that image filters
> can do the job just as well (Mosaic or whatever calls a filter with the
> data and gets back a GIF file, for instance). The important thing is to
> have some kind of standard way to represent any kind of linear transformations
> that such a filter might induce, so that polygonal regions defined as buttons

I agree with you on this point. However, I also believe there is value
in HTML defining a limited set of supported data formats for embedded
image delivery. It is unreasonable to require a user to setup lots of
converters just to read a few documents. Oh, this server uses TIFF, this
server uses JPEG, this server uses... By supporing a single format every
browser that supports <IMG> works correctly, that is a big deal. You start
adding in new types and users will start finding documents they cannot