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GIF - graphic interchange format

Pronounced jiff or giff (hard g) stands for graphics interchange format, a bit-mapped graphics file format used by the World Wide Web, CompuServe and many BBSs. GIF supports color and various resolutions. It also includes data compression, but because it is limited to 256 colors, it is more effective for scanned images such as illustrations rather than color photos.

Also see JPG vs. GIF vs. PNG in the Did You Know . . . ? section of Webopedia.










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