PNG is an extensible file format for the lossless, portable, well-compressed storage of raster images.
Article by Gary Larocque
Browser compatability is a huge issue with the masses who strivefor " WebStandards", especially when we you hear css and xhtml.
Something we tend to over look is the benefit of various graphicformats, expecially my favorite, PNG (PortableNetwork Graphics).
PNG is an extensible file format for the lossless, portable, andwell-compressed storage of raster images. PNG provides apatent-free replacement for GIF and can also replace many commonuses of TIFF. Indexed-color, grayscale, and truecolor images aresupported. Plus an optional alpha channel for transparency. Sampledepths range from 1 to 16 bits per component (up to 48bit imagesfor RGB, or 64bit for RGBA).
Due to the poor support for in IE6 (Internet Explorer 6), mostweb designers avoid "pngs" and try to get the risk takers to jointheir safety first band wagon (you know who you are). The sense ofsafety they feel is enough to convince them that the benefits ofthis wonderful file type are not worth investigating. However,since the release of IE7 we now see the impending demise of IE6.Hopefully soon we will see a huge comeback for png's.
For the png fans out there, take solace in " The Return of the PNG"
Thanks to plixid.com for the inspiration.