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Surprise! Did you know that both IE4 and Navigator4 let you use animated GIF files as background images? Huh? Well, they can. Of course, this could drive your readers totally insane, as well as bringing their systems to a complete crawl. On the other hand, you might be able do some pretty nifty stuff with this knowledge.

The animations will not show in pre- Version 4 browsers, but those browsers should show the first image in the animation, some versions do, some donít.

Warning: large animated images may not update fast enough in the background to display completely. This is especially true in IE4; Netscape does a better job showing complete animated backgrounds. Go Back to the Wire.

 

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