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Re: Dropping angle-bracket syntax for animation

From: Dr. Olaf Hoffmann <Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 10:57:51 +0200
To: public-fx@w3.org
Message-Id: <201108031057.51625.Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
Brian Birtles:

>The real concern is that currently we have two competing models for 
>animation which is not a good state of affairs for the Web platform. 
>Myself and others have been considering how to harmonise the two models 
>but some implementors expressed concern about investing time in 
>implementing SMIL when CSS Animations already appears to have wider 
>adoption.

Because decorative CSS animation is just a draft currently and content 
animation with SMIL/SVG is specified and used for years, I think, we can
safely assume, that there are only experimental decorative projects outside
using CSS animation currently and a huge amount of content using 
SMIL/SVG.
And currently the CSS model is too simple to cover all the use cases
SMIL/SVG covers, therefore even if converted to XML syntax it will often
be no alternative. For a few use cases however SMIL/SVG has no
practical answer.
The simple solution is to improve SMIL/SVG animation in a backwards
compatible way. After this is done, one surely can find a solution like
the current CSS syntax (or a more simple, usable approach) or something like
the timesheets approach to integrate SMIL/SVG animations for decorative
purposes in CSS as well.

This approach will avoid inconvenieces and questions about the general 
competence of the related working groups by improving something instead 
of annoying many ;o) 

Olaf
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