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Whole site design

Page design

Color and Graphics

  • Formats
  • Browser safe color
  • File size
  • Using GIFs
  • Image maps




    Site map

  • Color and Graphics File size

    File compression
    GIF yields a 3:1 file size compression while JPEG achieves 50:1 compression.

    GIF dithering leads to larger file sizes

    Aim to reduce file size
    Reduce the bit-depth of an image by removing unused colors. Create the most economically sized images you can to reduce download time. Always include height and width elements in the <IMG> tag -- this allows the browser to allocate the space on the screen for the image.

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    Julie Wetherill
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