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Designing Web & Mobile Graphics: Fundamental Concepts for Web and Interactive Projects by Christopher Schmitt

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Chapter 6. Images for the Web

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“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”

—Ansel Adams

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 (http://1997.webhistory.org/www.lists/www-talk.1993q1/0182.html) 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 ...

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