Re: Support for Vector Images

Braden N. McDaniel (braden@shadow.net)
Tue, 25 Nov 1997 01:00:43 -0500


Message-Id: <199711250602.BAA15255@anshar.shadow.net>
From: "Braden N. McDaniel" <braden@shadow.net>
To: "'Andrew n marshall'" <amarshal@usc.edu>, <www-html@w3.org>
Cc: <www-style@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 01:00:43 -0500
In-Reply-To: <01BCF918.EDFAA8D0.amarshal@usc.edu>
Subject: RE: Support for Vector Images

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-style-request@w3.org [SMTP:www-style-request@w3.org]On =
Behalf
> Of Andrew n marshall
> Sent: Monday, November 24, 1997 10:58 PM
> To: 'www-html@w3.org'
> Cc: 'www-style@w3.org'
> Subject: Support for Vector Images
>=20
>=20
>=20
> I would greatly appreciate the W3C to include a recommendation for=20
> vector-based images for HTML.  Personally I would prefer this to be a=20
> monochromatic format that could be rendered in the foreground color =
(great=20
> opportunity for scripts!!).  EPS files come to mind as a quick and =
easy=20
> solution to this problem, although I'm not an expert in the pros and =
cons=20
> of image formats.
>=20
> The other request that goes along side this is vector-based clipping =
paths.=20
>  I know this is a nasty request, and I also realize it is specific to =
the=20
> visual rendering, especially text flows.  I honestly don't expect =
anything=20
> out of this.  Perhaps there is a better place for this in CSS.

I think CGM is the obvious choice--largely because it is an ISO =
standard. Is it the *best* choice? I don't know; but being free from =
ownership by any particular company  is certainly a big plus.

I believe there has been intermittent grumbling about the lack of =
support for CGM in Web browsers for some time now. Would a formal plea =
from the W3C help things? I don't know, but I'm inclined to doubt it.

Braden

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