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Chapter 6. Enhancing Pages with Graphics... > Front and Center: Graphics, Multimed...

Front and Center: Graphics, Multimedia, and the Web

The introduction of graphics and multimedia to the Web was what caused its initial exponential growth curve. People had been accessing text content online for years through bulletin boards and online services, but the introduction of images to the online presentation made all the difference in the world.

One day after the introduction of multimedia to the Web came the introduction of multimedia abuse to the Web. Graphics were suddenly placed everywhere regardless of whether they belonged and pages suddenly got bigger and messier. Sound and effects were added to bring attention to pages that did little more than cause headaches to the viewer.


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