Why do people hate webp, instead of hating the software that doesn't support it?
@SwooshyCueb It's like AMP
Theoretically better, but everyone hates it because of how Google pushes things.
a) change is hard, especially when there's enough consensus that we don't need it, what we have now works well enough, and it seems like change for change's sake
b) people are still super wary of huge corporations going in with an "embrace, extend, extinguish" mentality; there's enough people scared of just how big google currently is, regardless of its current intentions, that any future intentions must be viewed with suspicion; google was the one who invented this solution and then convinced people that a problem existed afterwards
c) imo it addresses an artificial need, sure sites would like web pages to load faster, but imo the best way to do that might be to do things other than switching file formats; heavier lossy compression with existing formats come to mind, or (this is my beef) not having so much unneeded unwanted extra code being delivered and run
d) many people are super comfortable with the software they have, and getting mad at software that doesn't have a solution to a problem that didn't exist when it was written is silly; sure some projects can be updated, it can introduce new code and new bugs and need more unpaid volunteer labor to implement, test, and fix; for commercial software some may not find a financial incentive to update old software for free, and users may hate having to spend money on newer software that often has a learning curve, cuts old beloved features, introduces new bugs and bloat, etc.
that's just what I could come up with off the top of my head, being a non-expert and not being in the industry
@SwooshyCueb Speaking from a not very technical perspective, webp feels like an anti-copying measure. Like it's something sites pick specifically to make my life hard saving reference images.
I don't know if that's actually what's going on, but that's the reason that I personally hate the format.
@Luna "customers" seem to be the operating word, cus as it stands, it very much feels like a format for passively looking at images, not using the images in any way.
That might change if more art programs start supporting it, but I don't know if it'll happen cus making it hard to use or even save these images seem to be part of the point.
I've seen webp for things people actually WANT you to share, such as screenshots in a presskit. And if you complain about it, people come out of the woodworks telling you to just screenshot it or use some other method to get around it that if you are a journalist or work with pictures a lot, you prolly already know.
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