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Re: SVG and the promise of smaller size

From: Michael Gould <gould@inf.uji.es>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 18:54:39 +0200
Message-ID: <01fb01bf172d$f86fb1e0$39528096@act.uji.es>
To: "Apu Nahasapeemapetilon" <petilon@yahoo.com>, <www-svg@w3.org>
I personally have not seen people overtly touting SVG as a compact format.

It is a flexible (extensible) and intelligent format. Perfect for my sector
(computer maps, GIS).

There are lots of cases where you'd prefer SVG-like functionality over a
slightly smaller GIF.

And there are lots of analogies out there too. We are now communicating
using ASCII not because it is the most elegant solution, but because
everyone's compatible.

So relax. ;-)

Mike Gould

----- Original Message -----
From: Apu Nahasapeemapetilon <petilon@yahoo.com>
To: <www-svg@w3.org>
Sent: viernes, 15 de octubre de 1999 18:36
Subject: SVG and the promise of smaller size

> One of the benefits of SVG being touted is smaller
> file size when compared to bitmapped formats. But
> in general, SVG files are not necessarily smaller.
> There are many examples on this site:
>   http://indy.cs.concordia.ca/svg/examples/index.html
> The examples are available in GIF as well as SVG
> formats. In most cases the GIF files are smaller!
> Of course the SVG format has advantages such as
> zoomability, and printing at high resolution. But
> clearly file size is not one of the advantages.
> There are instances where SVG files may be smaller.
> For example, if the graphic is large in dimension,
> but only contains a simple circle, the SVG file is
> likely to be smaller than the corresponding GIF.
> Promising smaller size will lead to disappointment
> when those promises are not realized. It is important
> to set expectations correctly, or web designers will
> try SVG once and then throw it away.
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Received on Friday, 15 October 1999 12:56:07 UTC

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