Re: Netscape and PNG

Peter Flynn (pflynn@curia.ucc.ie)
29 Oct 1996 21:52:22 +0000 (GMT)


Date: 29 Oct 1996 21:52:22 +0000 (GMT)
From: Peter Flynn <pflynn@curia.ucc.ie>
Subject: Re: Netscape and PNG
In-reply-to: <32764BD4.4DAA@w3.org> (message from Chris Lilley on 29 Oct 1996
To: chris@w3.org
Cc: www-html@w3.org, jeff@netscape.com
Message-id: <199610292152.VAA11499@curia.ucc.ie>

   > Best reason I know: there's no money in it in the short term.

   Wheras there is money in spacer?

Sure there is. You can milk the marketing departments of large
corporations for huge sums by letting them continue to think the Web
is some kind of remote-control DTP system that lets their designers
get near-WYSIWYG by buying products which support things like SPACER.

[PNG]
   So yes, there is money in it, actually.

Perfectly true, but I'm not sure this has percolated into the design
departments yet. They're still reeling from the shock of having to use
funny cross-platform stuff like GIF and JPG instead of TIFF and PICT
(no flames, please, TIFF is NOT as portable as some people like to claim).

   As to why they won't support it, well I can't speak for Netscape. There
   is a royalty free cross-platform ANSI C implementation they could just
   link in. 
   I don't know. Perhaps someone from Netscape would care to comment?

I'd be interested to hear, but I'm sure that they know what they're
doing.

///Peter