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Slicing allows me to compress parts of the image differently, so I still get a high quality looking image that loads fast. I'm very friendly toward dialup users because I'm one of them. So if the person I'm doing the site for likes lots of graphics, I slice as a compromise.
A totally different reason: I have a tv show site that I'm slicing right now because there is a certain "preview" graphic that is supposed to change on a regular basis for new episodes. This is worked into the site interface, and i need control over that individual square.
[edited by: Maylin at 3:24 am (utc) on May 11, 2004]
If my page weights are tiny, they will be that much faster for broadband and dialup users alike.
Also, no need for me to take up all that bandwidth with big images.
I also make sure that I do not end up with oddball slices. Never slice a client logo if you don't have to. Never slice through text unless you have to. I follow a very strict set of guidelines when slicing. I want to make sure that the slices by themselves are understandable and that I haven't left someone with half a graphic link or whatever it may be.
Because it creates an image tag for every little area on the screen.
Only if you are designing with tables. Since I utilize CSS and absolute positioning on main graphic navigational elements, I utilize the export as CSS function. I may end up with 4, 6 maybe 8 slices total. Here's a basic example...
External CSS File
<div class="top1">Slice 1</div>
<div class="top2">Slice 2</div>
<div class="top3">Slice 3</div>
<div class="top4">Slice 4</div>