Short for Portable Network Graphics,
and pronounced ping,
a new bit-mapped graphics format
similar to GIF
. In fact, PNG was approved as a standard by the World Wide Web consortium to replace GIF because GIF uses a patented data compression algorithm
. In contrast, PNG is completely patent- and license-free. The most recent versions of Netscape Navigator
and Microsoft Internet Explorer
now support PNG.
Also see JPG vs. GIF vs. PNG in the Did You Know . . . ? section of Webopedia.
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