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Re: SVG 1.2 Comment: 4 Flowing text and graphics

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2004 09:17:21 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200411060917.iA69HLN01361@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-svg@w3.org

> which case the text is just gone.  In a graphic there is a very
> big difference between two lines of text and three, this isn't

If it matters, the wrapping should be done server side.  The only
real point in allowing client side wrapping is that it allows the
client to wrap differently, to fit with local constraints, e.g. 
a limited choice of fonts or a user that needs larger fonts.

If the issue is animation, then you need to look into better ways of
describing the animation, especially where objects can suffer step moves.
You will still have had to explore the whole parameter space server side,
if you don't want to get caught out by even the best behaving client.

>      This is a good thing, to a point, but when renderers produce
> results that diverge too much artists will stop using it and will

Personally, I find art gets in the way of using web sites.  What I 
would want SVG for is line diagrams, maps, etc.  At home, I don't have
Flash; in the office "group policies" mean that I have it, but I'm getting
more and more Flash blind.

> return to JPG and PNG 

Firstly you have to get them to move away from JPG and GIF (PNG is also a
problem area) in the first place.  Until SVG images are supported out of
the box, on most home and office PCs, I can't see that happening.  On the
desk top, if SVG is only used by people who have voluntarily installed it
(or a minority browser that supports it), I would think that most uses
would be technical, with maybe some specialist SVG art communities.

On mobile devices is almost certainly where one wants most freedom to 
compromise the rendering to match the platform limitations (e.g. by using
the platform fonts for body text sizes).
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