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V. Creating Web Graphics > 22. Lean and Mean Web Graphics

Chapter 22. Lean and Mean Web Graphics

Because a web page is published over a network, it needs to zip through the lines as little packets of data in order to reach the end user. It is fairly intuitive, then, that larger amounts of data will require a longer time to arrive. And guess which part of a standard web page packs a whole lotta bytes—that’s right, the graphics.

Thus is born the conflicted relationship with graphics on the Web. On the one hand, images make a web page more interesting than text alone, and the ability to display graphics is one of the factors contributing to the Web’s success. On the other hand, graphics also try the patience of users with slow Internet connections and gobble the data plans of mobile devices (see the Note).


  

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