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Re: Official Request: Image Standard for Fedora Project

On Tue, 2007-05-22 at 16:54 -0700, Thomas Chung wrote:
> All,
> This is an official request for Fedora Project Board Meeting Agenda.
> Agenda: Image Standard for Fedora Project.
> Background: Fedora Websites Team, Fedora Arts Team and Fedora
> Infrastructure Team were discussing which image format is appropriate
> standard for Fedora Project.  Thomas Chung believes PNG is the best
> format since it's patent-free according to FSF.  Toshio Kuratomi
> believes JPEG is also patent-free format and it should not be banned
> from using it.
> Related List Discussions:
> * https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-websites-list/2007-May/msg00243.html
> * https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-infrastructure-list/2007-May/msg00107.html
> We'd like to ask Fedora Project Board to find out if JPEG is truly
> "patent-free" format by consulting with Lawyers and come up with a
> decision which format is appropriate for Fedora Project cross-wide.
Note: You'll also want to add gif to this list as it's one of the
formats listed here:
  Videos can be OGG theora files or GIF animations.
And therefore should also be usable if there are other places on the
site that need animations.

Note 2: Each of these formats has their own place:
* GIF is the only choice for simple animations.
* PNG is good for logos, line art, images with sharp edges and few
colors, and images that you want to be able to reproduce exactly.
* JPG is good for photographs, screenshots, things with many colors and
no need for sharp edges, and almost every time you need to reduce file
size in consideration of people downloading over dialup.
 * If you want a copy of a photograph that you can modify later you
probably want to save the source file as a PNG or tiff.


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