GIF Format Patent to Expires Today June 20, 2003Xaviar Xerexes 4 Comments Slashdot has the story: the GIF Patent expires on June 20, 2003, otherwise forevermore to be known as GIF Liberation Day.
Now, I’m not against people getting credit, recognition and/or compensation for their work and ideas, but some of the crap around GIF boarderd on extortion.
I sure hope this doesn’t put a dent in acceptance of PNG.
It’s unfortunate, but what’ll continue to make GIF the choice over PNG (even though PNG is superior to GIF) is MSIE’s lack of proper support for PNG. Since the majority of surfers are using MSIE, many webmasters/artits restrict themselves from using cool PNG capabilities like true alpha transparency. For example, take a look at this page in both MSIE and in Mozilla, Opera or another fully PNG-capable browser.
And it looks like we’ll be stuck with the current, inadequate version of MSIE for some time to come.
Please, allow me to amend that statement- Internet Explorer for Windows doesn’t support PNG fully. Internet Explorer for Mac should render it fine. But then again, we’re talking market share, and Windows users far outnumber Mac users at this point.
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