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RE: SVG - A thought

From: <maxdunn@siliconpublishing.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 13:02:16 +0100
Message-Id: <200112201202.fBKC2Gh25785@www49.inria.fr>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

To: "'Charles McCathieNevile'" <charles@w3.org>,
   "'Vadim Plessky'" <lucy-ples@mtu-net.ru>
Cc: "'David Woolley'" <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>,
   <www-svg@w3.org>
Subject: RE: SVG - A thought

> I guess it isn't just Adobe - they have the most heavily promoted 
> SVG stuff (plugin, authoring and export in lots of products) as far 
> as I can see, but BitFlash, the Apache project, IBM, Sun, Mozilla, 
> Corel, Amaya, SodiPodi (another open source project), sketch (and 
> another), and others are all producing editors and/or browsers.

It is simply amazing what has been done with SVG so far, see for
example:
http://www.jeffsouthard.com/demos/grove/index.html
and the maps in:
http://cvs.apache.org/viewcvs.cgi/xml-batik/samples/
and the fractals at:
http://www.pinkjuice.com/SVG/XSLT/fractals/
...

> In addition Semantic Web tools such as RDF author and GraphViz 
> are generating SVG output - it is useful because it can include 
> representations of complex data in ways that are nice for people 
> to read, and can include the bits that machines can read and 
> process easily.

And the interactivity in the SVG and with the HTML (or ideally XHTML) is
essential to many applications.  See for example:
http://www.carto.net/andi.n/about_vienna_svg.html
and
http://www.xml.com/2000/03/22/style/parts-catalog.htm

To date few if any of the interesting things that have been done with
SVG have resembled Flash.

I think for tiny devices a scaled back spec makes sense, but compared to
the size of typical browsers and operating systems of Today there is
nothing bloated about Adobe's SVG Viewer on a PC.  

Rather than put a crippled form of SVG in web browsers, perhaps Adobe
should put a rudimentary XHTML browser/XSLT Processor into their SVG
Viewer.

Max
Received on Thursday, 20 December 2001 07:02:19 GMT

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