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Part III: Graphics > PNG Format

Chapter 21. PNG Format

The Portable Network Graphic format (PNG for short—pronounced "ping") is a versatile and full-featured graphics file format that has been lurking in the shadows for several years. Despite some attractive features and the fact that it was created with web use specifically in mind, the PNG has been largely avoided by the web design community. This is primarily due to abysmal browser support and a lack of tools that can compress PNGs well enough to make them compete with GIFs.

The good news is that both browser and tool support has been gradually improving over the last several years. It remains to be seen, however, whether PNG will ever be permitted to live up to its potential.


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