Re: Support for Vector Images

Peter Flynn (
28 Nov 1997 14:34:45 +0000 (GMT)

Date: 28 Nov 1997 14:34:45 +0000 (GMT)
From: Peter Flynn <>
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Subject: Re: Support for Vector Images

   I would greatly appreciate the W3C to include a recommendation for 
   vector-based images for HTML.  Personally I would prefer this to be a 
   monochromatic format that could be rendered in the foreground color (great 
   opportunity for scripts!!).  EPS files come to mind as a quick and easy 
   solution to this problem, although I'm not an expert in the pros and cons 
   of image formats.

EPS is not necessarily vector-based, it can contain bitmaps too.  The
best choice would be CGM, which is the international standard and is
supported in most vector graphics packages (and even in some bitmap
ones). SGML browsers like Panorama and MultiDoc Pro already support
it.  But the W3C can recommend until they're blue in the face: if
browser makers don't see $$$ in it, they simply won't bother.