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Chapter 6. Making Images Web-Ready > GIF versus JPEG File Formats

GIF versus JPEG File Formats

There are several types of graphics file formats, but we will look at the two main Web formats: GIF and JPEG. GIF is an acronym for Graphics Interchange Format and is pronounced two different ways. Some users say GIF using the G from the word “graphic.” Others say GIF with the G from “giraffe”—either way, it stands for the same thing. It's fun to listen to a conversation between two people who use different pronunciations. Both begin by holding fast to their style and then somewhere in the conversation one or the other switches accidentally and then corrects it later in the sentence.

JPEG is an acronym that stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group and is universally pronounced “Jay-peg.”


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