This chapter examines the Image class and the java.awt.image package. Together, they provide support for imaging (the display and manipulation of graphical images). An image is simply a rectangular graphical object. Images are a key component of web design. In fact, the inclusion of the <img> tag in the Mosaic browser at NCSA (National Center for Supercomputer Applications) was a catalyst that helped the Web begin to grow explosively in 1993. This tag was used to include an image inline with the flow of hypertext. Java expands upon this basic concept, allowing images to be managed under program control. Because of its importance, Java provides extensive support for imaging.
Images are supported by the Image class, which is ...