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From James Sutherland <>
Subject Re: [Fwd: png icons for apache]
Date Mon, 18 Sep 2000 18:44:11 GMT
On Mon, 18 Sep 2000 wrote:

> In a message dated 00-09-18 13:49:12 EDT, J. Sutherland writes.
> > Why bother? If we want PNGs, just convert the GIFs to PNGs once. 
> > Much more efficient.
> Absolutely... but I was proposing something that would solve
> the problem for everyone if/when the .GIF bomb explodes,
> not just Apache.
> It's worse than you think. MANY sites are actually building
> the .GIF images dynamically ( advertisers, for example ) when
> requested and they never acually exist as files. For them it's 
> a major codebase re-write... unless they have some filtering
> available to do the real-time conversions for them 'on the fly'.

Agreed - a GIF->PNG converter might be a useful thing to offer. I was
thinking in terms of the GIFs in the Apache tarballs, though, which ARE
simple files - do you agree with a period of "parallel operation" - GIFs
and PNGs - then ditching the GIFs as and when we need to?


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