CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
A compression technique that reduces the size of bitmapped graphics files, especially for black-and-white or cartoon-style line art graphics. It works by replacing "runs" of the same color with a single character. The more runs there are, and the longer the run sequence, the greater the compression. A file compressed this way often has the file extension .rle, but the technique can be used on PCX, TIFF, and BMP files as well.
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