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Platinum Edition Using XHTML™, XML, and Java™ 2 by Andrew H. Watt, Mike Morgan, Jim O'Donnell, Eric Ladd

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Graphic Storage Formats

Technically, Web graphics can be stored in any format, but only three formats display inline on all of today's popular graphical browsers: GIF, JPEG, and PNG.

A third format, PNG, is gaining ground; indeed, PNG is now the native graphics format within all the Microsoft Office applications. Other graphics formats must be displayed by a helper application, which is launched by the browser when it detects a format it can't display.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer supports the inline display of Windows Bitmap (.BMP) graphics in addition to GIFs, JPEGs, and PiNs.

Scalable Vector Graphics

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an emerging, XML-based graphics format that will enable developers to describe two-dimensional graphics. ...

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