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9.3. Image Basics

Before jumping into the finer points of the <img> tag, let's back up and consider general graphics usage issues.

9.3.1. How Graphics Can Be Used

The overwhelming majority of graphics on the Web are used as inline images, graphics that are displayed in the browser window as part of the flow of the HTML document. Banners and buttons are examples of inline images. Inline images, which are placed on the page with the <img> tag, can serve a variety of functions as listed below. (Note that images may also be used as background tiles or viewed externally with a helper application).


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