Portable Network Graphics (PNG) was devised starting in a discussion on newsgroup comp.graphics in 1995, with the first version of its specification released in 1996. The motivation for its creation was to create a free and unencumbered image format in the wake of the patent issue with GIF.

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Further reading

  1. Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
  2. Let's Solve the File Format Problem!