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Re: Lingua Franca of the Web - Will SVG replace HTML?

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 20:55:43 -0000
Message-ID: <001d01c083ec$98e77500$f0f189d4@z5n9x1>
To: <AndrewWatt2001@aol.com>, <www-talk@w3.org>, <www-html@w3.org>
(from the subject): Will SVG replace HTML?

Replace - no chance. Complement - yes please. SVG is great as far as
accessibility for graphics goes, but I think it would be a huge mistake to
claim that it can do things outside of its scope when it simply can't. I'm
a big fan of SVG over using pixellated image formats, and I hope that SVG
seriously becomes the most widely used Web graphics format, but no way will
it replace HTML. It will be used inside XHTML, and can perform numerous
functions, but it simply doesn't have the document structuring or
modularization that XHTML provides. XHTML has been the lingua franca for
the Web for 10 years, and I don't think it will be replaced by anything
soon, even a "better" version of XHTML itself. While it my evolve to some
extent, it will not resemble a graphics format, and nor should it to. Text
it the most important thing in the world, followed by graphics: some people
can't see graphics. Content, and expression of that content in interopeable
ways is vital to the existence of the Web, and XHTML does provide that in
some senses (even though many (including myself in this thread) have
pointed out it isn't perfect).

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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