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Lesson 8

File Formats Conclusion

This module pinpointed the exact file formats designers and developers should know to understand how multimedia works on the Web.
You were given a chance to put your knowledge to work in various exercises that sharpened your skills.
Having completed this module, you should now be able to:
  1. Describe file formats that may be downloaded from a Web site
  2. Describe common file formats used for inline graphics
  3. Describe common file formats used for audio and video elements in a Web site
  4. Explain common file formats used for compressing files
  5. Explain the purpose of plug-ins


This module introduced you to the following terms:
  1. Multimedia: Applications that merge multiple types of media to enhance a user's learning experience.
  2. File format: Web pages are made up of text, graphics, and multimedia elements that are saved in different groups of file formats. Formats are indicated by an extension after the file name, such as sample.txt or document.pdf.
  3. Inline graphics: Image files (or picture files) placed within the text of a Web page and identified by their extensions.
  4. Graphic Interchange Format (GIF): Graphic Interchange Format (GIF) is a standard bitmapped graphics file format for online graphics.
  5. JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) is a standard bitmapped file format for compressing photographs for the Web.
  6. MIDI: Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is a standard for transmitting information between computers and digital devices that simulate musical instruments.
  7. MP3: An audio compression technology and a file extension for MPEG, audio layer 3.
  8. QuickTime: A video and animation system developed by Apple that supports full-motion video and animation with synchronized sound.
  9. MPEG: Motion Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) is an international standard multimedia file format for compressing video on any platform.
  10. ZIP: A data compression format. Zip files are compressed with PKZIP and have a .zip extension.
The next module concludes this course.

Common Multimedia File Formats - Exercise

Click the Exercise link below to explore uses of several multimedia file formats discussed in this lesson.
Common Multimedia File Formats - Exercise

Plugins Extensions - Quiz

Click the Quiz link below to test your understanding of file formats.
Plugins Extensions - Quiz