When the JPEG codec was being developed in the late 1980s, no standardized, lossy image-compression formats existed. JPEG became ready at exactly the right time in 1992, when the World Wide Web and digital cameras were about to become a thing. The introduction of HTML’s
<img> tag in 1995 ensured the recognition of JPEG as the web format—at least for photographs. During the 1990s, digital cameras replaced analog ones and, given the limited memory capacities of that era, JPEG became the standard format for photography, especially for consumer-grade cameras.
Jon SneyersSenior Image Researcher
Dr. Sneyers invented the Free Lossless Image Format (FLIF). His image processing "Muscles from Brussels" help deliver super-optimized images, super-fast.