Chapter 17: Graphics
A web page without images is very boring, and visitors will
probably not stay very long. There are a couple of clever things
that can be achieved with images:
- Animated Images
which are in GIF format can be animated. The specific GIF
format which allows for animation is GIF89a.
Creating animated GIFs is really very simple. You need to
create a small GIF for each frame of your animation. This
may result in several GIF files. Then, use a utility such
Construction Set (Win95/NT, 1.2MB), to create a
single animated GIF image from your separate GIF files.
This is an example of an animated GIF:
Tips and Tricks
Some tips for creating web-friendly images:
- Make your images as small (in terms of file size)
as possible. Large images which take a long time
to download and display are very irritating to
users with slow Internet connections.
- When inserting an image into your HTML page, use
This causes the browser to display the text on
the page before the image has completed
downloading, allowing visitors to read the text,
and giving the impression that the page loads
- Use a utility such as GIF
Construction Set (Win95/NT, 1.2MB) to set the
background of your image to transparent.
This does not look good if the background of your
web page is very busy, and therefore interferes
with the look of the image. However, if you have
a plain page background, making its background
transparent causes it to appear as if it is
floating on the page.
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