Part IV: What Isn't Allowed | A Bad Guide To HTML1

Part IV: What Isn't Allowed

What you got to realise is that things get better almost all of the time, the past is often romantasised, which really isn't the case at all; the past is full of so many errors in four-sight. The computer world is no exception to this, people are slow to adapt, make, and think of new things. If you are familial with HTML, then, while making a website, will perhaps become frustrated with the lack of many of the elements that you are used to using. This page should really be called Part IIII.II (so 4.2) as it is following directly on from Part IIII.

Image Files

HTML2 saw the release of the IMG tag, this would allow people to embed an image file into the webpage, to use the tag, you would make something that looks like this; <img src="">

This tag can be very useful, it is then disappointing to know then that as it was first used in later versions of HTML, then it would be cheating to use this tag.

Images: What You Can't Use

JPEG: A poor man's PNG. The JPEG file format is a common image type, but unlike PNG, it does not allow images to be transparent, and also it uses lossy compression, meaning that it is less sharp then PNG and it looses some detail in the image, but because of this, it can be much lighter in file size, compared to PNG. The JPEG image type was made only a few years after WorldWideWeb in 1992.

PNG: The PNG file type is very useful format outside of making a website that is WorldWideWeb-compatible, not only does it allow transparency, but it also supports lossless data compression - that is a fancy way of saying that (let's say) you're making a drawing, once you save the image in the PNG format, then no (noticeable) quality will be lost. The initial release for this format was 1996, so six-ish years after the WorldWideWeb browser was made.

SVG: The Scalable Vector Graphics or just SVG is what is known as an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and animation. Long way of saying that it uses vectors, rather than pixels. That's also a long way of saying that it means that an SVG image can be easily be made bigger or smaller without losing any quality or becoming blurry. The file format first came to be in 2001.

WebP: Seemly the new kid on the block, WebP is an interesting subject, as it uses both lossy and lossless compression. It is currently being developed by Google of all people, technology that was acquired with the purchase of On2 Technologies, who were known as The Duck Corporation. Release in 2010.

Images: What You Can Use

Believe it or not, there *are* some image file types that you can use, shame most of them aren't all that good and have not aged well.

GIF: Perhaps one of the best known image format on this list, the GIF is a bitmap image format that was developed by the first major commercial online service provider in the United States, CompuServe, in 1987. The format is unique as it is one of the only image types that all an animation medium. The format can store multiple images in one file, allowing an image to move, as if it was a silent film.

PCX: PiCture eXchange is an image format developed by the now-defunct ZSoft Corporation, PCX became one of the first widely accepted DOS imaging standards (for example, in id Software's Doom, screenshots are saved in this format). The format first came out in 1985, with its last update in 1991; because of this, a lot of modern operating systems no longer natively support the format.


Out of all of the three formats, TIFF *might* be the best for images you don't need to be transparent vMIGHT BE WRONGv

What you can use

Normally a very basic but valid website's source would look something like this, everything checks out;

<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Hello World!</title> </head> <body> This is a nice looking website! </body> </html>

However, as the HTML and HEAD tag had not yet been invented, then a website that is valid only in HTML1 would look like this. . .

<title>Hello World!</title> This is a nice looking website!

*dies on the inside*

To Recap

To recap on this small page, for all of you forgetful fucks out there.

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