Animated WebP graphics support no shoo-in for Chrome

Google introduced WebP in an attempt to speed up the Web, but now the company’s engineers are raising concerns that one of the graphics format’s features will actually slow it down.

WebP is designed to compress graphics more efficiently than JPEG, GIF, and PNG. Shrinking file sizes more means data arrives faster, though there can be a penalty of longer times to encode and decode image files. One of WebP’s newer features is support for animation — a package of multiple images shown in sequence to display a short movie.

Animated GIFs have risen from obscurity to become an unlikely art…

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