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

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 00:22:32 -0000
Message-ID: <00cf01c08409$6b3b62c0$0e9e2cc3@z5n9x1>
To: "John Hardy" <jh@lagado.com>, <www-talk@w3.org>, <www-html@w3.org>
> a page rendered as into graphics format is already too low level
> (it has lost too much semantic information) to be a useful interchange
> format.

I agree, and I think it's mainly a question of the structuring of the two
formats. SVG wasn't built to be a WWW format of it's own right, whereas
HTML was designed (however incorrectly*) to be the lingua franca of the

*Things are turning around:-

"XHTML 2.0 is a next generation markup language. In this version, the
functionality is expected to remain similar to (or a superset of) that of
XHTML 1.1. However, the markup language may be altered semantically and
syntacticly to conform to the requirements of related XML standards such as
XML Linking and XML Schema. The objective of these changes is to ensure
that XHTML 2.0 can be readily supported by XML browsers that have no arcane
knowledge of HTML semantics such as linking, image maps, forms, etc. The
development of XHTML 2.0 will likely require the development of new XHTML
modules or revisions to existing XHTML modules." -

The tide is turning...slowly!

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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