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Chapter 18. Animated GIFs > Optimizing Animated GIFs

18.6. Optimizing Animated GIFs

As with any file served over the Web, it is important to keep animated GIFs as small as possible. I recommend reading "Optimizing Animated GIFs," an article and tutorial by Andrew King that appeared in WebReference.com in 1997, and from which many of the following tips were summarized (with permission). You can find it at http://www.webreference.com/dev/gifanim/index.html.

18.6.1. Image Compression

Start by applying the same file-size reduction tactics used on regular, static GIF files to the images in your animation frames. For more information, see Section 14.8. These measures include:


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