The issues noted in a post about webp file types are complicated to understand, but there's an even worse one that I just discovered. It's called an .avif file type. A number of website builders, like Square and Weebly, seem to be automatically converting all normal image files like .jpg to .avif files. Unfortunately, I haven't found ANY graphics programs that recognize it, not even Photoshop 2020! So it can't be opened. Does anyone know why some site builders are using it?
Combined with the webp file type used by many other major site builders, like Shopify and Etsy, the implications of major builders converting to a new and little known file type are likely to be very serious for internet images. When I save an avif file from one of those web sites, the ONLY option is to save it as an avif. But after saving it, then clicking to "Open as file type", which most browsers default to, instead of seeing for me, a long list of a dozen programs which I see for a .jpg, now I see NOTHING! None of my many common graphics programs see it.
I hope some web image experts can look into this.