Re: Inlined image format

Tony Sanders <sanders@BSDI.COM>
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To: Jonathan Abbey <>
Subject: Re: Inlined image format 
In-Reply-To: Jonathan Abbey's message of Wed, 26 Jan 1994 13:21:35 CST.
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Organization: Berkeley Software Design, Inc.
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 1994 13:46:58 -0600
From: Tony Sanders <sanders@BSDI.COM>
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> doesn't strike me as so terribly important.  I think that image filters
> can do the job just as well (Mosaic or whatever calls a filter with the
> data and gets back a GIF file, for instance).  The important thing is to
> have some kind of standard way to represent any kind of linear transformations
> that such a filter might induce, so that polygonal regions defined as buttons

I agree with you on this point.  However, I also believe there is value
in HTML defining a limited set of supported data formats for embedded
image delivery.  It is unreasonable to require a user to setup lots of
converters just to read a few documents.  Oh, this server uses TIFF, this
server uses JPEG, this server uses...  By supporing a single format every
browser that supports <IMG> works correctly, that is a big deal.  You start
adding in new types and users will start finding documents they cannot