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Fwd: SVG

From: Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 10:37:10 -0700
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To: www-svg@w3.org
Cc: alexis.farmer@ingenta.com
I think the technical discussion list might be the right place to seek 
input on the questions in this forwarded message...

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>From: alexis <alexis.farmer@ingenta.com>
>Subject: SVG
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>I am currently writing software to convert all our content into SVG, once 
>finished this would make us the largest SVG site on the web. I am 
>currently being frustrated by the incapability (despite many options of 
>placing text) to place characters exactly where I want them on the page 
>without resorting to something like <tspan y = "100" x = "100 123, 140, 
>doing this makes the file size quite large and the SVG renderer ie Adobe 
>plugin for Windows extremely slow.
>Why does the dx="a b c d" not OVERRIDE the advance widths in the font file 
>and instead just add to them. If you could be sure that the SVG viewer was 
>using the exact same advance widths as specified by the font it wouldn't 
>be a problem, but of course I have found in practice that it doesn't 
>therefore you never know exactly where the pen is and a cumulative error 
>is introduced (sometimes quite large)
>If the adobe viewer supported the textlength/adjust mechanism it might be 
>a slight improvement, but it doesn't. Also were you aware that the Adobe 
>viewer does not currently support external SVG fonts.
Received on Friday, 23 November 2001 12:36:28 UTC

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