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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Graphic formats for screenshots

It really depends on the content of your images. The images can be scaled in Docbook for print & display but those two methods should have very different size ratios (i.e.an online image is usually lower DPI than what is used in print). This matters in the time to load web pages and also the time to download a PDF or Word file.
We have found that most of our images work best as PNG formated. However, there are a few times where JPG is probably better (i.e some scaled screenshots look better as JPG). Most IEs handle PNGs fine now. In the past I have stayed away from GIFs because I really try to stay with only one or two common formats.
Dean Nelson
In a message dated 8/6/2009 9:53:27 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, kgschneider@gmail.com writes:
As we work on our styleguide, proof of concept, and other stuff that
our Documentation Interest Group is doing to lay the groundwork for
our project, we wondered if DocBook users had strong feelings about
image formats. We will be working with screenshots, and our expected
DocBook output is HTML, PDF, and possibly Word (for libraries that
want to tailor documents locally but aren't XML-savvy).

I understand that IE has never really implemented PNG really well.
That may not be a showstopper (given that we're an open source
community, so IE is not exactly the favored browser). Any other
cautions/advice are welcome (I just saw the thread about PNG and FO).
My gut reaction going in is to focus on one format and make it work,
with a tendency to want to use PNG because the list traffic for
docbook-apps lists it so frequently.

Also -- not quite as important -- last night, while reading up on
DocBook (how else to spend a summer evening?) I encountered this:


"The CD-ROM is like a spoon" ??? :-)

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