Chapter 9. Moving Pictures: Programming GIF Animation
No plug-ins needed. The user looking at your web page will not be required to have a specially configured browser or download a plug-in to view your animation.
Independent of server configuration. GIF animation requires nothing fancy on the server-side either. Animations are served just like every other image because they are just regular GIF files.
Quick feedback for the user. GIF animations are streaming animations and as a multimedia format are as efficient as you can get. Contrast the response time of a GIF animation with an animation done in Java and you will understand their appeal.
This chapter starts with a brief discussion of the general concepts behind GIF animation, and then presents seven common problems and solutions. The last section in the chapter details the implementation of GIFscript, a language for describing the construction of animated GIF files as an alternative ...