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Re: SVG authoring tool, please recommend one

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 11:14:39 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
cc: <djw@bts.co.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107051109220.32701-100000@tux.w3.org>
Hmm,

I wish I had a better answer to this, because Jonathan is right that without
a good tool people will be hard-pushed to make good content, except for a few
experts.

I believe that the top-of-the-line Adobe tools have good support, but I don't
know - I can't afford them either. I use Amaya, which is starting to have
good support, but I still have to do a fair bit of tweaking based on reading
the layout information, and it doesn't provide support for authoring
animations yet.

More information on tools is available from the SVG home page
http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG but in terms of accessible user interface and
a free tool I think there is a way to go yet. (I did have a promising
discussion with the developers of a tool called WebSound, which is primarily
designed as an accessible browser. They are working on another tool designed
to make images more accessible at low cost, and it seemed that SVG might be
the ost promising format to be using for authoring/storage, so there is hope
on the horizon at least)

cheers

Charles McCN

On Wed, 4 Jul 2001, Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:

  There has been a fairly concerted effort to encourage me as well as others
  to use SVG.

  I would like to make it clear that my LDD students are intimately involved
  in authoring the symbols we use.
  They must be capable of using 'suitable' drawing tools to so author.

  Paint, Painter Classic and Photoshop (for the more able) are all fine, they
  can use a graphics pen and tablet, or a mouse.
  The GIMP is of course amazing.
  They may be used freehand and require no programming skills. They do not
  require one to use or understand difficult or obscure algorithms, such as
  circles, ovals etc.

  Paint, and Painter Classic come with the kit, and are thus effectively
  'free'.
  We don't have Photoshop, though i have linked to a site where LDD students
  do...

  Jpeg, bmps and gifs can be imported into any of these tools, played with,
  saved and printed in any other format.

  Can you please recommend a suitable (free) SVG authoring tool, because until
  there is such a tool, we are very unlikely to find SVG accessible. btw I
  have linux they do not, and may not for about 3 years or possibly more,
  though I do plan to provide a linux notebook soon....

  It really does need to be as good as them


  jonathan chetwynd
  IT teacher (LDD)
  j.chetwynd@btinternet.com
  http://www.peepo.com         "The first and still the best picture directory
  on the web"


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