Wednesday, 23 March 2022

GIF Inventor Stephen Wilhite Has Died at 74

quote [ The late Stephen Wilhite created the GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) file in 1987, while he was working for online service provider CompuServe. ]

she sent me the gif, yeah
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[by ScoobySnacks@11:32pmGMT]


WeiYang said @ 12:48am GMT on 24th Mar [Score:4]
He was wrong about the pronunciation.
robotroadkill said @ 8:40pm GMT on 24th Mar [Score:1 Insightful]
This argument will never not suck me in. Hard or soft G are both acceptable. The only wrong position is claim that only hard G is correct.

The argument that "graphics" starts with a hard G, and therefore "GIF" should too is faulty because it's inconsistently applied and seems to be a rule invented solely for this case. E.g, Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus would be sound like "skuhbaa."

Likewise with LASER, ASCII, and yes, JPEG (the p actually contributes to the "ph" sound in "photographic" - decidedly not a hard P).
Hugh E. said @ 11:32am GMT on 25th Mar [Score:1 Insightful]
The argument that GIF should be pronounced with a hard 'G' is that pronouncing it with a soft 'G' sounds stupid. That really should settle it.
solitude said @ 2:09pm GMT on 29th Mar
The fact that you have to explain the pronunciation as "GIF" vs. "JIF" supports GIF being pronounced as "GIF"
Naruki said @ 3:58am GMT on 31st Mar
Guess you can't show people how to pronounce "city" then.
jbhalper said @ 12:39pm GMT on 24th Mar [Score:1 Funsightful]
sad gif
Paracetamol said @ 10:53am GMT on 27th Mar
Here's a cool recent one on animation specs:

The Fastest GIF Does Not Exist

Some games on a website

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