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Re: SVG and the promise of smaller size

From: Steve Mulder <smulder@tsdesign.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 15:35:14 -0400
Message-Id: <v04011706b42d31e2c287@[]>
To: <www-svg@w3.org>
At 9:21 PM +0200 10/15/99, Fredrik Lundh wrote:
>Apu Nahasapeemapetilon wrote:
>> 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!
>you're comparing LZW-compressed GIF files
>with uncompressed SVG files.  if you use ZIP
>compression on typical SVG files, you end up
>with something nearly as compact as Flash...

Would SVG files normally be compressed if embedded in a web page? I'm not
clear on how SVG files live on the server and how they're transmitted over
the wires. Are they compressed on the server side and decompressed by the

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