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RE: Support for Vector Images

From: Braden N. McDaniel <braden@shadow.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 01:00:43 -0500
Message-Id: <199711250602.BAA15255@anshar.shadow.net>
To: "'Andrew n marshall'" <amarshal@usc.edu>, <www-html@w3.org>
Cc: <www-style@w3.org>
> -----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
> 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.
> The other request that goes along side this is vector-based clipping paths. 
>  I know this is a nasty request, and I also realize it is specific to the 
> visual rendering, especially text flows.  I honestly don't expect anything 
> 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.


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