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Re: SVGs, word processing applications, printing, and accessibility

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 15:52:14 +0200
Message-ID: <446019796.20030510155214@w3.org>
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
CC: public-svg-print@w3.org

On Saturday, May 10, 2003, 11:01:41 AM, Jonathan wrote:

JC> Is it possible to copy and paste an SVG image* from a web page into a 
JC> word processing application? if so which one, and does it print well?

Are you asking at a specification level or an implementation level?

At the spec level the answer is 'of course' since nothing prevents
this. The svg has already been moved from server to client; it can
clearly be saved locally and further manipulated.

At the implementation level the answer is 'ask the svg implementor,
the web browser implementor, and the word processor implementor'. The
crucial part is the browser since that implements the 'drag selected
image to desktop' functionality which is not defined in any spec..
alternative ways such as 'save svg' 'save as...' are also implemented,
for example. And then you would need a wordprocessor that either
implements SVG or allows plugins/activex/publish and
subscribe/bonobo/some other component architecture to allow
wordprocessor files to contain foreign formats that are handled by
some other code.

JC> If the whole page is a single SVG, is it possible to do the same to an 
JC> individual image that forms part of the page?

That would require more functionality, but is still something that
could be implemented.

JC> *Teachers use images from our site to create their own worksheets. Some 
JC> are here:
JC> http://www.learningdifferently.com/develop/worksheets/ they are saved 
JC> in .doc form my apologies.

Ah. Talking of printing and accessibility... Is it possible to take all
(pr part) of a .doc image and paste it into a word processing
application other than the one that created it?


 Chris                            mailto:chris@w3.org
Received on Saturday, 10 May 2003 09:52:26 UTC

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