Mozilla 1.0 Released!
Tuesday June 4th, 2002
Mozilla 1.0 is here! The final 1.0 builds, representing four years of development work by the open source community, are now available for download. The release of Mozilla 1.0 makes an important statement: mozilla.org now believes that the goals specified when the project began (and since enshrined in the Mozilla 1.0 Manifesto) have been met.
#191 GIFs aren't an open standard
Friday June 7th, 2002 8:04 AM
You are replying to this message
See Burn All GIFs <http://burnallgifs.org/> and scroll down the front page to "About burnallgifs.org" for a full explanation.
The short version is that the LZW compression algorithm used to compress GIF images is patented by Unisys. Unisys are currently enforcing their patent so that any software that allows you to _create_ a GIF image has to buy a patent from Unisys, whilst they are not currently enforcing their patent on software that displays GIFs (eg Mozilla) or on people who use GIFs (ie you and me) there is absolutely nothing to stop them doing so in the future.
The alternative is the technically superior (and more important open standard) PNG format, which we should all be using in web pages alongside of the pre-existing JPG format.