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Tinier SVG

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2002 07:12:57 -0400
To: www-svg@w3.org
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I've been looking over the SVG Tiny profile as part of a J2ME project
and I have to admit finding myself questioning the name "Tiny".

Once I sort through all the modularization, it feels like SVG Tiny was
designed somewhat grudgingly, perhaps by SVG authors who wanted to make
sure that as much of SVG as possible would still work on their cell
phone.  Paths can still include both Quadratic and Cubic Bezier curves
(though elliptical arcs are out?).  Four places of decimals are still
permitted for coordinates.  Animation is still in there, as is the use
of JPEG images.

None of these things is impossible to implement on a cell phone, sure.
On the other hand, I have a hard time taking the "Tiny" designation
seriously, as it doesn't look like anyone has yet asked what the
smallest generally useful subset of SVG might be.

I don't think the WG necessarily has to change the profiles, as this is
a comment appearing after the CR phase is over, but I do suspect I'll be
concocting my own and much smaller profile because SVG Tiny is still far
more than is needed for a lot of problems.
Simon St.Laurent
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