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Choosy digital artists choose "Jif"
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Robert Alexander Fromme
Sun, 11 May 1997 09:43:30 -0500 (CDT)
One of the frustrating things about teaching a digital art course in high
school is that we lack the security of a textbook and an established
curricula. Pesky little questions, such as the correct pronunciation of
"GIF", have a way of hounding us for weeks, months, or perhaps years until
we happen on to a reliable authority to set the record straight. This
morning I was working through a pile of obscure FAQs on graphic file formats
when , at last......., there it was...... lost in among the usual pile of
"The pronunciation of "GIF" is specified in the GIF specification to be
"jif", as in "jiffy", rather then "gif", which most people seem to
prefer."(graphics/fileformats - faq/part1 by James D. Murray)
This seems a little strange because the "G" is from the word "Graphics" and
not "Jraphics". The only logic I can come up with here is that the GIF
format is a compressed image file format which allows for a "jiffy"
transmission of the smaller image file.
At any rate, after a couple years of using the pronunciation of "gif"
rather then "jif", I find I have peanut butter all over my face. Now I
have to face my students tomorrow morning and I am sure they are going to
have fun trying to give me a hard time about my mistake.