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Re: do vector graphics enhance our concept of self?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 08:01:07 -0400 (EDT)
To: jonathan chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
cc: "WAI List (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0207260755360.14653-100000@tux.w3.org>

Please explain further - I am not sure if I understand...

(in case I do:

Do you mean photo-realistic pictures of faces, or cartoon-type caricatures,
or somewhere in between?

It seems to me that SVG is in fact a fairly small hammer for most graphics
nuts, and it certainly supports transparency and sprites (objects whose
position and other properties can be animated) in a fairly lightweight
manner.

GIF and PNG support transparency for photo-realism - as far as I am
aware jpeg does not (but I am not a graphics expert). But if you embed a jpeg
within SVG you can clip it, set its transparency, use a filter or mask
effect, etc.

If you can describe an example I will try to produce it in SVG (by using bare
code editing instead of one of the nice tools that I never quite get around
to installing - try doing THAT with the source of a GIF <grin/>. However I
think editing code is a silly way to author in general, and appreciate that
this is valuable because you can also do it with graphics tools that have a
more appropriate user interface).

Cheers

Charles

On Fri, 26 Jul 2002, jonathan chetwynd wrote:

>Is there a (popular) graphical compression algorithm for faces? with transparency for sprites?
>Are vector graphics capable of meeting this need? (svg+jpg seems like a large hammer for such a small nut)
>Do we need such a minimal standard? (peepo uses gifs, and has done for some years, because of the need for transparency.)
>
>Looking through the music sites, the use of jpeg is noticeable (that is the absence of flash, or vector graphics) where representation of the artiste is concerned.
>(Though flash is frequently used for navigation.)
>
>for films categorised by disability visit: http://www.disabilityfilms.co.uk/
>
>jonathan chetwynd
>http://www.peepo.com
>
>
>

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