Re: CSS Opacity

Daniel Beardsmore wrote:
> the alpha channel bloats the format more. (The Web image formats leave 

A PNG alpha channel ought to be highly compressible, as one would expect 
long runs of the same value.

> so much to be desired. Imagine, for example, if you could assign 

SVG is a web format that supports alpha and can include JPEG images.
Unfortunately, probably for marketing reasons, it is not supported by IE 
and plugins are not supported as img elements.

> multiple GIF image colours to varying transparency levels to get, say, 

That wouldn't of course, be GIF any longer, just an LZW compressed 
palettised image.  In any case, PNG *already* supports this mode of 
working <>, although it 
might not be well supported by image manipulation tools and I don't know 
which if any browsers support it.  An indexed RGBA PNG ought to compress 
better than a hypothetical GIF derived one. (I don't think it is 
particularly well known that PNG supports palletised images.)

> 250 colours plus alpha in a mere 8 bpp for logo edge anti-aliasing? Or 
> DCT lossless alpha channels on JPEGs, or all sorts :)

My understanding was that DCT was always lossy (cosine is a 
transcendental function, and compression ratios were poor if one 
operated as close to lossless as reasonable.

Received on Sunday, 29 April 2007 09:27:01 UTC