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Chapter 6. Creating and Modifying Graphics > Understanding Graphics Formats

Understanding Graphics Formats

There are two other types of graphics files that are sometimes used on Web sites: Windows bitmaps or BMP files, and PNG files. In general, the use of BMP files is discouraged because they are often very large and can take your site visitors a long time to download. The other, PNG, is new and supported by FrontPage, but still not in as wide a use as GIF and JPG files. It was created to get around copyright issues surrounding the use of GIF files, which use a special compression scheme first distributed on CompuServe. You may find digital camera software, as well as graphics software, that support this format, which can also be used for images on your FrontPage site.


The term graphics format refers to the type of file—and its properties, such as the number of colors it can display—created when you store an image on your computer. There are numerous graphics file formats, but the two used most often on a Web site are


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