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Part III: Graphics > GIF Format

Chapter 14. GIF Format

GIF (Graphic Interchange Format) was the first graphic file type to be displayed by early web browsers, and it remains the most popular and versatile format for distributing color images on the Web to this day. Any image type can be saved as a GIF, but they excel at condensing graphical images with areas of flat color.

GIFs are completely platform independent, meaning a GIF created on any platform can be viewed and edited on any other platform. They were originally developed by CompuServe to distribute images over their network to a variety of platforms (this is why you sometimes see GIFs referred to as "CompuServe GIF").


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