The birth of the PNG format and a new version of Ruby. All on today’s On This Day from TEST Huddle.
1995 – The Birth of the PNG Format
The companies CompuServe and Unisys announce that they expect companies developing software that creates or displays images in the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) to license the technology for a modest fee. This announcement will result in many software developers threatening to stop using the format altogether. A group established known as the League for Programming Freedom will be particularly vehement in their protest, launching a “Burn All GIFs” campaign. It was this announcement that leads to the development of the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format which will be released in October 1996.
2002 – Ruby, ruby, ruby
Version 1.6.8 of the Ruby programming language is released