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Web graphics



On the subject of Web graphics.....

Graphics should be as small in *file size* as possible, definitely under 50K.
 The gif file type is preferable since when making them you can often flatten
them from 8 bit color to 6 bit or less with little or no noticeable image
degradation (in Adobe Phototshop, for instance).  Thumbnails on a page are
great for giving people an idea of an image.  A good technique is to have
small (in physical size and file size) thumbnails of artwork, photos,
bindings, etc., as gifs on one Web page and have them as links to larger,
more detailed jpeg images.  You can tell such gifs because they have a
colored border around them and your cursor changes when you move it over the
graphic.  When the viewer clicks on the gif image, they are then taken to a
new page where a much larger jpeg image comes up so details may be viewed.
It is a good idea to indicate next to the small gif images how large the jpeg
image is so the person viewing your page can decide if they want to take the
time to download an image that size.

Book arts people do have a lot of good Web pages.  I've learned a lot and
thank everyone for the time they have taken to make them.

Pamela Rups
Computer Multimedia Specialist
University Computing Services
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI  49008
(616) 387-5016
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