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Transition Request: SVG 1.1 2nd Edition to PR

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 04 May 2011 16:27:56 -0400
Message-ID: <4DC1B6CC.3060006@w3.org>
To: chairs@w3.org
CC: W3T Archive <w3t-archive@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, W3C Communications Team <w3t-comm@w3.org>, Timbl@w3.org, "Ralph R. Swick" <swick@w3.org>, "Ian B. Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>
Dear Chairs,

This is a request from the Scalable Vector Graphics Working Group to 
publish the 2nd Edition of the SVG 1.1 specification as a Proposed 
Recommendation Working Draft.  Due to widespread existing implementation 
and an expanded test suite and implementation report, the SVG WG 
requests passing through the CR phase (a "zero-day CR").

If this Transition Request is approved, we request that this message be 
considered to be our Publication Request for the identified document.

1. Document Title

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition) Specification
(shortname "SVG11")

2. Document URI

We propose to publish the document at the following URI (adjusting
the yyyymmdd portion of the URI as may be needed):


as well as at the corresponding shortname URI:


The document is currently located at:


3. Estimated Publication Date

Assuming a favorable Director's decision, we propose to publish the 
document(s) on or about 12 May 2011, the date we have assumed when 
generating the URI shown in this request.

4. Record of the WG's Decision to Advance

Erik Dählstrom and Cameron McCormack, the co-chairs of the SVG WG, 
called for a resolution to advance to PR last year, and it was resolved 
to do so once all the final details were settled:

5. Document Abstract

This specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector 
Graphics (SVG) Version 1.1, a modularized language for describing 
two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics in XML.

6. Status of This Document

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its 
publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of 
current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical 
report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at 

This document is the 12 May 2011 Proposed Recommendation of the SVG 1.1 
Second Edition specification. The Second Edition incorporates a number 
of corrections that were published as errata against the First Edition, 
as well as numerous other changes that help make the specification more 
readable and unambiguous. The Changes appendix lists all of the changes 
that were made since the Working Draft publication of Second Edition. 
For the changes made between the First Edition and the Second Edition 
Working Draft, see that document's Changes appendix.

Comments on this Proposed Recommendation are welcome. Please note 
however that major corrections against the specification will be 
published as errata, and subsequently will be incorporated into future 
editions of SVG 1.1 or into SVG 2.0. Comments can be sent to 
www-svg@w3.org, the public email list for issues related to vector 
graphics on the Web. This list is archived and senders must agree to 
have their message publicly archived from their first posting. To 
subscribe send an email to www-svg-request@w3.org with the word 
subscribe in the subject line.

W3C Advisory Committee Members are invited to send formal review 
comments on this Proposed Recommendation to the W3C Team until 9 June 
2011. Members of the W3C Advisory Committee will find the appropriate 
review form for this document by consulting their list of current WBS 

The W3C SVG Working Group has released an expanded test suite for SVG 
1.1 along with an implementation report. This test suite will continue 
to be updated with new tests to improve interoperability even after 
Recommendation phase.

This document has been produced by the W3C SVG Working Group as part of 
the Graphics Activity within the W3C Interaction Domain. The goals of 
the W3C SVG Working Group are discussed in the W3C SVG Charter. The W3C 
SVG Working Group maintains a public Web page, 
http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/, that contains further background 
information. The authors of this document are the SVG Working Group 

This document was produced by a group operating under the 5 February 
2004 W3C Patent Policy. W3C maintains a public list of any patent 
disclosures made in connection with the deliverables of the group; that 
page also includes instructions for disclosing a patent. An individual 
who has actual knowledge of a patent which the individual believes 
contains Essential Claim(s) must disclose the information in accordance 
with section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy.

A list of current W3C Recommendations and other technical documents can 
be found at http://www.w3.org/TR/. W3C publications may be updated, 
replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time.

Publication as a Proposed Recommendation does not imply endorsement by 
the W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, 
replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is 
inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.

7. Report of Important Changes to the Document

The spec has undergone several substantive and editorial clarifications 
and changes based on implementation experience and public feedback. 
These changes are documented in "Appendix Q: Changes", available at:

8. Evidence That the Document Satisfies Group's Requirements

The requirements for this specification were not formally documented, 
but included:
* widespread implementation
* improved interoperability
* utility to developers
* expanded test suite

Through email discussion and telcons, the group indicated that this 
specification met the above criteria.

9. Evidence That Dependencies With Other Groups Met

This specification has no unresolved normative dependencies.

10. Evidence for Wide Review

In addition to public review, there has been review by members of the 
CSS, Protocols and Formats, HTML, and WebApps WGs over several years.

There have been no objections, and general agreement that an updated 
spec will be useful for implementers and content creators.

11. Evidence That Issues Have Been Formally Addressed

This is described in detail in the Disposition of Comments:

12. Objections

There are no formal objections for the publication of this specification.

13. Implementation Information

SVG 1.1 is widely implemented in all major desktop browsers and most 
popular mobile browsers, as well as several authoring tools.  There is a 
large amount of available SVG content, both static and dynamic, and many 
script libraries that build on core SVG functionality.

There are features which are not universally supported, such as SVG 
Fonts, filters, and declarative animation, but there is still a 
reasonable degree of interoperability by several implementations for 
even these features.

The WG has increased the coverage of the test suite and an 
implementation report, and will continue to improve it going forward.

There are no optional features or features at risk, and it is 
anticipated that there will be no subsequent changes to SVG 1.1 Second 

Work will continue on SVG 2 for new features, to match implementation 

14. Patent Disclosures

There are no known or anticipated IPP issues with this spec.

-Doug Schepers
W3C Team Contact, SVG WG
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