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Re: SVG and the promise of smaller size

From: <justin@thruport.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 12:33:19 -0400 (EDT)
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To: www-svg@w3.org
Well, like any other format, SVG has places where it is ideal for use and places where it isn't.  I don't think anyone is saying that SVG should or would replace binary formats, but it supplants them, and offers a lot of advantages in many cases.  Especially for a lot of the kinds of gr aphics that are on the web today (buttons, headers, etc.), SVG files will have a lot of advantages, also due to their scalability which binary formats don't have.

The other thing to consider is that because SVG is text-based, it compresses very well with zip....so in some cases, Even though the raw SVG image might be 54k compare to 32k for a comparable GIF image, when it is compressed it actually ends up being smaller than the GIF image.

But as always, it depends on what you are using it for.  GIF is currently ideal for some images, but it isn't as good for photographic images as JPEG can be.  

The idea is to have freedom and choise to use whatever options work best for the job.

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