WIF : Java Glossary

I have left this tombstone entry for historical interest.

WIF (Wavelet Image Files) Was Cengine’s compression scheme for images files. *.wif were a replacement for *.jpg files on the web. They used a mathematical technique called wavelet transforms to achieve an astounding 300 to 1 compression. This is a quite different mathematical technique from fractals. This means you can put giant full colour images on your website and have people download them without long waits. The only catch is the user had to install a free plug-into decode the Wavelet files. You needed a special <EMBED syntax in your html to display the pictures. The viewer was not available for all platforms.

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