Other issues with gifs and science...
Previously, in my now somewhat dead other blog, I'd spent a bit of time discussing math on the web.
Fast forward a bit... Peter Murray-Rust posts
some very good examples of how gifs and other similar image files are used to represent data/graphs/structures, etc., in chemistry -- and how they are actually pretty evil. Very good post and well worth reading.
Actually, I think the html-ized articles with the tiny jpeg images of tables and graphs are absolutely the worst.
It seems like we should be farther along at this point. PDFs are really just like having paper -- shouldn't we actually be able to work with the image and search the equations?