i tried today to change to konqueror web browser, i came to daniweb and noticed that all the gif's were replaced by the broken link icon, so i googled away and after a while i found this:-
Q) What is up with GIF support?
A) This has to do with issues with Unisys' LZW patent. GIF support is turned off from Qt™ 1.44 onwards by default.
it also notes that in order to use gif on your site you have to have the apropriate licence before you can legally use gif support.
Do you think it's wise to continue to use the patented proprietary gif format on websites knowing this? i've converted all my gif's to png. the only problem on my site now is the external link to daniweb doesn't show in any LEGAL browser, and hence if i want to see the image, i have to break the law :(
if you want me to transform the images for you, i have tools to do this in batch mode, no problem. is daniweb licenced to publish gif images? and if so, what is daniweb's stance on forcing users to break the law by using non-legal ways to view them?
I'm not legally minded but this scars me greatly, i believe the only way forward without getting bitten is to avoid proprietary formats. they may not be interested in me now but what if in 10 years time i have a net income of 10 million a year, will they get interested then?