BMP File Format
BMP files can contain bitmaps at a variety of color depths: black and white, 16 color with a palette, 256 color with a palette, or 24 bit True Color.
Although the BMP format was initially developed for Microsoft Windows, you can find programs on many other platforms (Apple Macintosh, UNIX, Linux, etc.) that can read these files.
BMP files do tend to be large files, so I recommend that you do not use them on your web site (even though they can be displayed by many [not all] browsers). Instead convert your BMPs to GIF or PNG format, by loading into your paint program and doing Save As...
A technical discussion of this format can be found in Chapter 2 of Graphics File Formats† by David C. Kay and John R. Levine.
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