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Lack of Forms Constructs in SVG

From: Dave J Woolley <david.woolley@bts.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 12:13:31 +0100
Message-ID: <81E4A2BC03CED111845100104B62AFB5824B16@stagecoach.bts.co.uk>
To: "'www-svg@w3.org'" <www-svg@w3.org>
Like it or not (and I don't particularly like it)
SVG is likely to become the replacement for HTML on
commercial web pages, as it is a much better fit for
the requirements of advertising copy.  However, the one
commonly used feature of HTML that seems to be missing
is forms.

Whilst I'm sure that one could somehow mix HTML forms
elements with SVG (although I have reservations about
early, plug-in based, solutions) the result is likely to
various ad hoc, cook book type solutions, bringing back the
same sort of problems that arise as the result of trying to
use HTML as a page description language.

PDF, which I consider to be the main ancestor of SVG, does
have a forms capability.

I think, therefore, that the inevitable fate of SVG should
be taken into account and forms included before people
start working round the lack of them, or, failing that,
a non-normative appendix should be included giving approved
cook-book solutions for creating forms.
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