I explored Preparing Graphics for the Web for approximately 45 minutes. The site provided a tutorial on JPEG and GIF file formats. I thought the tutorial might be appropriate for one of my classes where we learn basic skills in HTML and creating Web sites. The author?s goal was to balance theory with examples. The tutorial is for artists and graphic designers. It might work well with an advanced Web design course.
The tutorial delivered what it promised - theory with examples. For the most part the theory was not too technical especially for the intended audience. Given the examples used and conversational writing style, I believe the tutorial would be very effective in conveying the differences between the two file formats. The tutorial also included some ?tips and tricks? that may be very helpful to the learner. The tutorial does an excellent job in illustrating the differences between the two file types and how each type of file is rendered in the browser.
Navigating through the tutorial was easy. First time users should have not trouble navigating through the tutorial. Links to each section of the tutorial made it easy to view a topic in any order. Links within each section provided additional information or help. Anyone familiar with navigating Web pages will have no problems using the tutorial. The biggest problem with the tutorial is that it has not been updated since 1997. References to specific browser technologies are no longer appropriate. Compression techniques and capabilities have also changed since 1997.