raphic nterchange ormat. A widely supported image-storage format promoted by CompuServe that gained early widespread use on on-line services and the Internet. Due to it's limited color range, GIFs are used primarily for lineart, cartoons, and background graphics. GIF is generally not suitable for photographs
The most common type of image file used on the internet. These files are compressed so they take up the minimum amount of space & can therefore be downloaded a lot quicker than other graphics files. GIF files are typically used for: backgrounds, displaying banners, advertisements and buttons.
"Graphics Interchange Format", a type of image file (extension .gif) supporting animation and transparancy but only 256 colours.