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GIF
Last modified: Monday, May 05, 2003 

Pronounced jiff or giff (hard g) stands for graphics interchange format, a bit-mapped graphics file format used by the World Wide Web, CompuServe and many BBSs. GIF supports color and various resolutions. It also includes data compression, but because it is limited to 256 colors, it is more effective for scanned images such as illustrations rather than color photos.

Also see JPG vs. GIF vs. PNG in the Did You Know . . . ? section of Webopedia.

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JPEG and GIF compression basics 
Describes compression basics for GIF and JPEG Web images, along with related links and examples.

Optimizing Web Graphics 
Webreference.com article on how to minimize file size and dithering for Web graphics. Includes sections on the color palette, color reduction, compression, tools and techniques, and several online references.

The GIF Controversy: A Software Developer's Perspective 
Article on the GIF controversy seen from a software developer's perspective. Includes a collection of information from the history of the controversy to the most recent events.

GIF info
A brief overview of the GIF format. The pros and cons of using GIF images within your web site. Also overviewed are the different things you can do with GIF images including creating transparent sections, animations and interlacing.

The Graphics File Formats Page
Deep technical specifications of the most popular graphic formats.

Yahoo!'s GIF page
Yahoo!'s directory of GIF.

Yahoo!'s transparent GIF images
Yahoo!'s directory of transparent GIF images.

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