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Re: SVG in text/html

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 10:49:28 -0700
Cc: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <6F9D4E57-BCF7-4281-9516-F05113F58769@apple.com>
To: Andrew Emmons <andrew.emmons@quickoffice.com>

On Apr 15, 2008, at 4:06 AM, Andrew Emmons wrote:

> Hello HTML WG,
> While it is encouraging that SVG in text/html is being discussed[1],  
> we feel that the proposal tries to change the SVG syntax in a way  
> that is incompatible with all implementations to date.  We feel that  
> such change is outside of the HTML Working Group's charter and  
> request that it be removed from the text/html specification pending  
> further research into proposed solutions, in order to avoid  
> premature implementation.

As an SVG and HTML implementor, I would find any reasonable choice for  
SVG in text/html about equally burdensome. Any approach by necessity  
would be "incompatible with all implementations to date", since no  
implementation supports SVG in text/html.

> We are happy to make rapid progress on allowing SVG in text/html  
> while maximizing compatibility with the wide range of deployed SVG  
> authoring tools and renderers.

Authoring tools would presumably also need changes to support any kind  
of content in text/html. (If the idea is that authors would manually  
extract SVG snippets, I believe the spec also supports the cut & paste  
use case, but will not prevent the author from making the SVG content  
unusable to XML tools if edited after insertion into text/html  
content. To support safety in the latter case, the author would have  
to use an HTML5 parser to extract inline SVG from HTML.)

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