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Re: Any reason not to use PNG images in packaged HTML manuals?

On Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 09:47:39AM -0400, Peter S Galbraith wrote:
> We got rid of compressed GIFs upstream in the gri manual (see
> package gri-html-doc) and mostly used jpg format instead to show
> graph examples.  The png format would look a lot nicer (jpg
> fuzzes out the edges and looks bad), but we are concerned that
> perhaps some browsers can't handle them.

All recent browsers (I'm talking about Netscape 4.5+, Internet
Explorer 4+, Opera 2+, Mozilla) support PNGs to some extend. Netscape
doesn't support transparency as far as I can tell, but otherwise is
fine; IE supports almost all of PNG's features, with a few bugs in
its code; I'm not sure about the extent of Opera's support; Mozilla
supports PNG fully (to the best of my knowledge).

> For exmaple, even the Debian web site is still using Gifs instead
> of PNG format.

Someone should possibly convert them where appropriate. I'll do it if
no-one else wants to.

> Should we not use png yet?

No, definitely use it, except where transparency is strongly required.

All the above is IMO; IANAIE (image expert).
Alisdair McDiarmid                                    alisdair@jml.net
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