Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 22:44:05 GMT
Reply-To: Alan Churchill <SASL001@SAVIAN.NET>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Alan Churchill <SASL001@SAVIAN.NET>
Subject: Re: viewing Excel output on internet--SAS inter/net
The issue with gif is a non-issue. As stated:
"GIF files are not covered by the patent. There is no risk in distributing GIF files or in using the GIF name. According to a CompuServe spokesperson, "Recent discussions of GIF taxes and fees are totally without merit. For people who view GIF images, who keep GIF images on servers, or who are creating GIF images for distribution, the recent licensing discussions have no effect on their activities." (http://cloanto.com/users/mcb/19950127giflzw.html)
More than that, gif is better supported on IE than PNG. PNG's cannot maintain transparency on IE and therefore images don't always look right. IMO, PNGs are far superior but, until IE supports them better, they are difficult to use for web pages…unless transparency is not an issue.
"Bridging SAS and Microsoft Technologies"
"Howard Schreier <hs AT dc-sug DOT org>" sagely replied:
> Excel is capable of generating GIF files from charts. That's a web
> standard; preferable I would say to delivering in a proprietary file
> structure such as Excel.
Since GIF is now (technically) a proprietary format as well, some
people might prefer to save graphics as PNG files instead. Excel
will do that. If you tell it to first. You have to enable it,
Tools -> Options pops up a box of options.
Click on the General tab.
Click on the Web Options button.
Click the Browsers tab.
Under Options, scroll to the line "Allow PNG as a graphics format"
and click that box.
Do you think they want to make it hard for people to use the PNG format?
David Cassell, CSC
Senior computing specialist