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Re: SVG Viewer

From: Koen Martens <svg@metro.cx>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 11:18:40 +0100
Message-ID: <455D8C80.4070700@metro.cx>
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
CC: HP <hpdramstad@hotmail.com>, www-svg@w3.org

Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:
> Ensure that your web application is standards based, and it 'should'
> work in more than one SVG viewer.
> In fact it should work in all standards compliant viewers, however at
> the present time not all viewers comply with any one standard, and many
> viewers for good reasons support particular functionality in addition to
> their chosen standard.

The problem is, there are a lot of applications out there, i fear,
that are geared towards adobe svg viewer browser plugin. AFAIK, this
is the only plugin that works on several platforms, and directly
from the browser. None of the other viewers I know of work on most
browsers / most platforms (eg. firefox, epiphany, ie on mac, linux
and ms).

My concern is, that with the drop of adobe's support for svg (and
their implementation), a lot of people will abandon svg just like we
are currently contemplating doing. I myself prefer to use svg,
because it is a w3c standard, but i'm not alone in my team.

A further problem is that browser native support for svg is
non-existant / immature. This makes it hard to port existing svg
applications to those platforms (or even impossible in the case of ie).


Koen Martens

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