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wiki page for suggestions for new features

From: Dailey, David P. <david.dailey@sru.edu>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 11:51:49 -0400
Message-ID: <1835D662B263BC4E864A7CFAB2FEEB3D01525617@msfexch01.srunet.sruad.edu>
To: "Dailey, David P." <david.dailey@sru.edu>, <public-svg-ig@w3.org>

As I mentioned yesterday [1], I thought I'd experiment with a place in the wiki for collecting suggestions for new features in SVG. It can be found linked to from the "Activities" page at http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/IG/wiki/A_place_to_gather_suggestions_and_discussion_of_new_features [2]
As I'm thinking of it, it would be a place not to <i>make</i> our arguments, but rather a place to link to ideas, where they already exist in web pages, W3C logs, svg-developers, or whatever. Discussion could, I suppose, take place in the companion "discussions" page.
The examples, I provided are just a few that came to mind, but if one were to scour the discussions on svg-developers over the past n years, I'm sure there would be hundreds of things. As such, I made a stab at organizing things into likely categories. Sometimes, as in any taxonomy of human concepts, there will be overlap between categories. 
I also thought that we often find a cluster of related ideas (like diffusion curves, <contour> and "vector families" all dealing with allied concepts of extensions to the existing gradients) and that those should somehow be grouped together and with neaby links to discussions about those ideas. I'm not sure wiki's are yet so graph-theoretic. (On the topic of diffusion curves the reference [3] is very worthy of serious consideration. It is a serious proposal with some high powered rationale.)
It is obvious that the SVG WG has considered many things in the past, and in some cases, a link to those discussions and their resolutions will suffice.
I'm sure we all have wrestled with issues of how to do something in SVG, merely to discover that it can't be done, yet, either at all, or without large and impractical amounts of script. Sometimes, things are just a matter of convenience, but then convenience is not to be dismissed: SMIL is all about convenience. So if those who have made suggestions about new features, please use the wiki as a place to add links to those discussions. 
Anyhow, the above is sort of a theory about how this might work.
One suggestion: when folks in this group are discussing suggestions for new features, could we possibly, maybe, use a keyword like <reco> somewhere in the text, so that such discussion would be easy to locate in the archive? (I don't know -- do suggestions like this on how to structure conversations ever work? I suspect not, but I'm not sure I ever tried before.)
[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-svg-ig/2008JulSep/0107.html
[2] Yes the name is awfully long -- I tried to shorten it, but then the link broke.
[3] diffusion curves -- see http://artis.imag.fr/Publications/2008/OBWBTS08/ . Excerpt: "Given a set of diffusion curves, the final image is constructed by solving a Poisson equation whose constraints are specified by the set of gradients across all diffusion curves." This suggests an elegant solution to some of the PDE problems involving continuous gradients.
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