GIF creator Steven Wilhite dies

 GIF creator Steven Wilhite dies

This month Stephen Wilhite, the creator of the GIF image format, passed away from the coronavirus. He died on March 14, days after his 74th birthday, according to NBC News.

Wilhite began his career at Compuserve, the first major online commercial service provider. In 1987, while at Compuserve, he created
Graphics Interchange Format, the world-famous GIF image format. Over the years, it has become the go-to method for conveying emotions and communicating on social media. The GIF format is used as a convenient way to display graphs, drawings, and simple animations.

Many have argued over the years about how GIF should be pronounced. In 2013, Wilhite settled the dispute, stating that it is pronounced with a soft “j” as a Jif peanut butter brand. But some people still use the letter 'r'.

It is noted that Steven Wilhite retired in the 2000s and spent time hiking and traveling. According to the obituary, he is survived by his wife, four stepsons, a son, 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

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