WordPress 3.0: No more JPEG Support

Beware, April Fool!

Of course WordPress will continue to “support” the JPEG format; after all, image rendering is the browser’s job, the CMS is not involved when it comes to the actual rendering of images. This is my first April fool on my English blog. :saint: I’ve been doing this for a while on my German blog datenschmutz. Have you spotted any april fool postings on your favorite blogs? Please leave a comment, I’m curious!

Last Week Matt Mullenweg announced on his blog, that the upcoming WordPress 3.0 version drop the support for the JPEG file format. Increasing license costs and Microsoft’s announcement to include SVG support in Internet Explorer 9 were the main reasons for this decision:

With the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 there is no more need for jpg – Microsoft finally embraces the SVG standard, thus helping to make the web a much more open place. JPEG does have some advantages, but they are simply out-weighed by the license costs.

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