[standards-jig] NEW: User Avatars (JEP-0084)

Tijl Houtbeckers thoutbeckers at splendo.com
Thu May 8 01:46:42 UTC 2003

Thomas Muldowney <temas at box5.net> wrote on 8-5-2003 3:43:10:
>The complaint against MNG during JEP-8 was that it did not have enough
>library support.  If people feel it is cross platform enough now, we'll
>add it, no problems here.

If you want really want to be crossplatform with this spec (thinking 
beyond the desktop linux/win32/mac situation) I recommend: 

- drop GIF (considering it has patent issues for opensource 
applications anyway) 

and make a recommendation (SHOULD):

- restrict PNG's to compression method 0 (deflate)
- restrict JPG to standard encoding (as opposed to progressive encoding)

As for animation, wether MNG or GIF or something else, I think it 
should be a seperated from the static image. Maybe you could take this 
further and have 1 image based on the rules above, and an alternative 
one that can be any contentype, animated (MNG, Flash, SVG anyone?) or 
not (EPS, PSD, whatever). 

Tijl Houtbeckers
Software Engineer @ Splendo
The Netherlands

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