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GIF

Postby Slava » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:01 am

GIFs are those now almost ubiquitous animated do-hickeys infesting many sites. My question is not about liking them or not, however. It's a poll on how you pronounce it.

Hard G as in gift?

Soft G as in the peanut butter?
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Re: GIF

Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:18 pm

The only GIF I know stands for Graphics Interchange Format. It's inventors, Bob Berry & Steve Wilhite, say the pronunciation is with a soft G. He says it rhymes with the peanut butter, Jif. They say, "Choosy programmers choose GIF." In my experience programmers choose JPG.

Since there are no ubiquitous animated do-hickeys in this GIF, there must be some other definition of the word that I don't know and haven't found on the Internet
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Re: GIF

Postby gailr » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:46 pm

Philip: the acronym you're describing has become the preferred format for some forum avatars, and is useful for animating an icon while maintaining a small file size -- such as our own smilies. I cringe a little when someone pronounces them: gifts.

I will confess, some of my favorite "animated do-hickeys" are dancing bananas...
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Re: GIF

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:14 pm

I prefer dancing babies.

Since JPG is pronounced as letters, I have usually pronounced GIF as letters also. Since the vast majority of pictures I work with are JPG's, I seldom use any of the others.
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Re: GIF

Postby Slava » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:25 pm

I thought JPG was pronounced "jay-peg". Wasn't the original ending ".jpeg"? Or do I misconstrue?
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Re: GIF

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:57 pm

I say J P G, you say jaypeg, let's call the whole thing off.
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Re: GIF

Postby gailr » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:34 pm

The graphics people I've met (4 states) say jay-peg. That has mostly been supplanted by PDFs (please, not 'PDF files').
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Re: GIF

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:59 pm

What about X-Files, Gail?
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Re: GIF

Postby gailr » Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:29 pm

I want to believe in my mad skilz... If you bring me an X-File I may be able to trouble shoot it for you. :wink:
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Re: GIF

Postby Philip Hudson » Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:17 am

PDF was invented by the devil to torment people who like .doc files better.
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Re: GIF

Postby gailr » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:54 pm

If you want your document to print as you saw it, your photo to maintain its detail, or your logo to look respectable, you'll send a pdf rather than a doc. To every file there is a purpose, and an extension for every document under heaven.
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Re: GIF

Postby Slava » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:52 pm

gailr wrote:If you want your document to print as you saw it, your photo to maintain its detail, or your logo to look respectable, you'll send a pdf rather than a doc. To every file there is a purpose, and an extension for every document under heaven. :wink:

Which in a turn, turn, turn about, leads us back into another pronounced acronym: Wiz-e-wig: WYSIWYG. "What You See Is What You Get."
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Re: GIF

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:23 pm

Not always sure. Just yesterday I was trying to enlarge a 4 x 6 into an 8 x 10 on my computer. It would only print the 4 x 6, even though I checked 8 x 10. WYSIWYG isn't always WYSIWIG!
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