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Re: How to display graphics clearly on screen and on print?
Subject:Re: How to display graphics clearly on screen and on print? From:Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com> To:Edgar D' Souza <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com> Date:Wed, 09 Aug 2006 08:11:56 -0400
Edgar D' Souza wrote:
> So then the ideal format in this case would be PNGs? (And for our
> work, from now on...)
Probably, for portability (PNG = Portable Network Graphics). Web
browsers reliably support GIF, JPEG, and PNG, so you're good to go
when transforming for that medium.
There are a thousand arcane formats by now, each with at least one
adherent left somewhere. But if you understand PNG and JPEG well
there's really very little you can't do. SVG's the next thing to
learn (get Inkscape). Oh, and faxes are just multi-page TIFFs, so
if you need to get in touch with Fred Flintstone you may need to
dust that one off.
There *is* a problem with Internet Explorer and 24-bit alpha
transparency in PNG -- not a Windows problem, just IE -- which is a
damned crying shame. The solutions are to (1) avoid using
transparency in PNGs destined for Web, (2) knock your PNGs down to
hacks that force brain-dead IE to load the needed DLL. It would be
nice if this "just worked", but ... <norant />