wherefore CGM?

David Perrell (davidp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 4 Dec 1996 13:56:47 -0800


Message-Id: <199612042207.OAA14171@sweden.it.earthlink.net>
From: "David Perrell" <davidp@earthlink.net>
To: "HTML" <www-html@w3.org>
Subject: wherefore CGM?
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 1996 13:56:47 -0800

Walter Ian Kayes's use of bitmaps to represent characters reminded me
of something: Computer Graphics Metafile.

Does anyone remember when CGM was the big thing in computer graphics
standards?

ANSI/ISO 8632.1-4:1992

In actual use by the US Government! National Institute of Standards and
Technology's (NIST) even has a validation service for CGM, so's to
(briefly) provide "a way of determining the degree to which an
implementation conforms to the CGM standard (Federal Information
Processing Standard 128-2, Computer Graphics Metafile, and the
Continuous Acquisition and Life-Cycle Support Application Profile,
MIL-D-28003A or the Air Transport Association Specification 2100,
GREXCHANGE."

Is this a standard or what?

Ok, so it's flawed. But it's there. Many a web graphic could be a
fraction of the size of a GIF bitmap, and be resizable as well.

So why isn't it supported by graphical browsers?

David Perrell