Today, I did some analysis about how Google is showing the animated Doodle for the Mobile Sculpture of Alexander Calder.
During this analysis, I came to know that source code of the Google Home page is NOT having any image path specified for the Doodle image. Instead, it is having Base64 encoded string of the image.
i-e The above image is getting displayed using below code.
I think using Base64 encoded Image will prevent hot linking of images from third party sites so that bandwidth stealing can be avoided.
I would like to know the other advantages of embedding the Base64 encoded image in the html page instead of giving the path to the image.
Will it increase the loading speed, and therefore give SEO advantage? Will it use cache?
If you have more details about Base64 encoded image embedding, you can share the details thro' the comments.
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