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Re: agenda+ SVG 2 Features and Approach

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 08 May 2011 16:09:07 -0400
Message-ID: <4DC6F863.70506@w3.org>
To: 'www-svg' <www-svg@w3.org>
Hi, folks-

I have a few more personal thoughts on features for SVG 2; these aren't 
necessarily the views of the SVG WG.

I believe that the next 2 years are going to be a make-or-break period 
for SVG.  It's never been easier to use SVG on the open Web, now that 
all the major browsers support it (though, as with HTML, there are 
quirks between implementations).  There is a lot of increased use and 
interest in SVG, but we still aren't seeing dramatic widespread use of 

Part of this is probably that there are now more alternatives, like the 
Canvas API, the 3D stuff, and some new CSS features (some borrowed from 
SVG, but put in a context more people are familiar with); another part 
is lack of great tooling for dynamic, interactive SVG; another part is 
general lack of knowledge about SVG; but part of it might be that SVG 
just hasn't hit the sweet spot in terms of features that people need to 
solve their specific problems, and which can't be solved using other 

So, in my mind, the set of features we choose for SVG 2 should be very 
use-case driven, and should complement existing features and other new 
features well.  The new feature set should be easy and intuitive to 
learn, knowing that some developers and designers already have a hard 
time wrapping their heads around the slightly different model that SVG 
already offers.

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