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Re: SVG 1.2 Comment: 4 Flowing text and graphics

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 16:22:48 +0000 (UTC)
To: Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Cc: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>, www-svg@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0411031617210.32576@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Tue, 2 Nov 2004, Robin Berjon wrote:
> Ever seen poetry laid out inside a shape? Ever seen ad text following 
> the shiny curves of the latest spacecraft? Ever seen some sombre lament 
> about the passing of time animated as it falls through an hourglass? 
> *That* is what it's for. It's for text when used as graphics.

All three of those examples are great examplies of documents that need 
semantic markup. Sure, they are presented with lovely shapes. But at the 
heart of the issue, they are still text, and it would make just as much 
sense for them to be rendered aurally using a speech CSS stylesheet, or to 
a TTY using a UA's built-in styling rules, or to have them indexed using 
Semantic Web inference rules.

If those three examples are examples of when multiline text is to be used 
in SVG, then multiline text in SVG should be done by applying SVG to 
documents in other markup languages, not by adding more text markup to 
SVG, in clear violation of both AWWW and WCAG.

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