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Reusing a subset of SVG in another standard

From: Peter Junge <peter.junge@gmx.org>
Date: Thu, 05 May 2011 09:07:56 +0800
Message-ID: <4DC1F86C.8010707@gmx.org>
To: www-svg@w3.org

let me start with a very brief introduction, my name is Peter Junge and 
I'm the editor for a standard called UOML that is hosted at OASIS.

UOML defines an abstract model for --what we call-- visual documents 
(documents in static print layout) and an interface language for this 
model, that can access and manipulate visual documents. (NOTE: UOML is 
not a document storage standard in itself.) For historical reasons (UOML 
is over a decade old and originated from China) the abstract document 
model of UOML is not based on SVG, but defines an own set of graphical 
objects, that are widely compatible with SVG.

In order to harmonize UOML with existing standards, we are currently 
thinking about redefining UOML Graphics Objects with a subset of SVG. 
(Using SVG completely would not work at the moment for a couple of 
reasons, but is considered for the long term.) 'SVG subset' means both 
not using all of SVG's elements and not using all specified attributes 
for SVG elements. We are basically discussing two alternatives and would 
like to get the opinion of the SVG WG which on is preferable:
1) The first alternative would be to redefine UOML Graphics Objects 
using SVG syntax and semantics, but keeping them within the current UOML 
namesspace, e.g.'uoml:rect' or 'uoml:circle'.
2) The second alternative would mean going one step further by also 
defining an internal SVG compatible namespace for UOML. OpenDocument 
Format e.g. is also using a subset of SVG by defining it's own svg 

Hence my question, which solution would the SVG WG prefer?

Best regards,
Received on Thursday, 5 May 2011 01:08:34 UTC

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