Chapter

Images for the Web

Images made the web boom. In its early days, the World Wide Web was about colleagues sharing scientific papers written in text so dry it would make Shakespeare weep.

If it wasn’t for the simple img element, a once nonstandard bit of HTML proposed by Marc Andreessen and coded into the now-relic Mosaic browser, we’d probably still be buying encyclopedias on CD-ROMs just to figure out what all those authors of scientific papers were talking about.

In that initial proposal, Andreessen cited XBM and XPM as image formats worth supporting, since those image formats were already supported on the X Window System that the Mosaic browser was built on.

This is the introduction to the chapter. To read the rest of the chapter, purchase Designing Web & Graphics at your favorite bookstore.

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