PNG vs. JPEG
July 17th, 2001
Because I've seen way too many sites using *.PNG images in their front pages I feel like I should formally issue a statement or something. First off, this is the internet. The main idea of the internet is to have quick and easy access to information. Apparently, the quick part is easily forgotten. Now, while there are many of you who may say "Go get yourself a faster modem," I must insist that for the greater half of the year, I am on either T1 or DSL. And I now how easy it is to become spoiled by speed. But you have to consider that the majority of internet uses still dial-up. Know your audience when you design a site. If you were designing a FLASH site, loading time would be of no concern because you know your target audience has a fast connection or else they would enjoy looking at FLASH designs as a hobby. But if you're running a site about CCS or CC, then you know that your audience is kids, probably not in college, who are using their parents connection to the net. cough *56 K* cough.
so here's the test. You see the two images right there? They look
pretty much the same don't they? If you see a major difference in
quality, then it's because your on an AOL browser. My advice is
click on your "SETTINGS" menu in green (if you're on 6.0)
at the top, then select "Preferences." Select
"Internet Properties (WWW)." You should now be looking at
a big gray Microsoft selection screen. Select the tab at the top
that say "Web Graphics" and then select "Never
compress graphics." Now, if you empty you cache, all the images
you download from now on will be uncompressed and thus higher
quality, even if they are JPEG. And that way, all your stuff will no
longer be saved as an *.ART file.
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