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I've developed a small website with an animated GIF.  Within my editor on the development machine and on many other machines, this GIF animates but if I access this website from IE on the development machine, it doesn't animate.

You can see this GIF at www.amharrison.com 
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by:kasandra
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It animates ok for me...

You might want to check the Internet Options of IE on the development machine to see if "Play animations in web pages" is checked in the Multimedia section of the "Advanced" tab.
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Yes, I checked that previously and it was/is checked.  What's even more strange is that in the HTML editor I'm using there's an option to preview your pages in an external browser.  When I click this, IE opens and from that session the GIF animates.  But if I access the website directly via the URL, it doesn't.
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by:kasandra
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I assume you are using the same copy of IE in both instances?

It does animate when I typed in the URL and checked it from my machine. How long are you waiting to see the animation? When viewed from the URL, it takes a while for the animation to kick in.
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by:mskvarenina
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Yes, it's on the same machine and version.
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grantwong earned 300 total points
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I went to the page, and it seemed like there was not any animation running.  I waited a while longer, and realized that the image had not loaded completely, and after the entire image loaded, I was able to see the animation.  The image is rather large, 1.16MB.  If you were on a modem or slow connection, it would take over 5 minutes for this image to completely download.

Take a look at the status bar next time you're loading the page from your other location.  Is it still downloading the page?

My recommendation:

1.  Make a series of jpeg images, and make sure they are nice and compressed.  They shouldn't be too large, like around  30k tops for each image.

2.  Use javascript to load and cycle through these images.  You will have the same effect, it will be *much* faster to load the smaller images vs the very large gif image.

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I suggest points to grantwong for pointing out that the image size was the problem.
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Your input is most appreciated; I will be sending the requests for this TA this week with recommended closings and for this item, I will request that points go to:
grantwong
Thanks again, kasandra.
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no problem ;)
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