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Re: Future plans for SVG Fonts and SVG (SMIL) Animation in browsers (Was: DOM4 not compatible with ACID3 tests)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 01:00:01 +0000 (UTC)
To: Brian Birtles <bbirtles@mozilla.com>
cc: www-svg@w3.org, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, adrianba@microsoft.com, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
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On Sat, 10 Sep 2011, Brian Birtles wrote:
> (2011/09/10 4:55), Ian Hickson wrote:
> > I'm not closely involved in the SVG work. Can someone elaborate on the
> > status of SVG Fonts and SMIL animation in terms of future plans for
> > browser vendors? Are these features that are intended to be phased out?
> 
> Mozilla is not planning to support SVG Fonts (as per [1][2][3];  
> however the idea of embedding SVG Fonts in OpenType[4] has attracted 
> some interest including from Mozilla). That said, there was a resolution 
> that SVG 2 would mandate support for SVG Fonts to some degree.[5]
> 
> SMIL Animation is up in the air at the moment. Microsoft have expressed 
> concern about implementing it, or at least a preference to prioritise 
> CSS Animations. There has been talk about harmonising the two 
> technologies but until that path is clear some browser vendors are 
> reluctant to invest further in SMIL. There are outstanding action items 
> to investigate some of the options here.
> 
> [1] http://limi.net/articles/firefox-acid3
> [2] http://robert.ocallahan.org/2010/06/not-implementing-features-is-hard_03.html
> [3] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119490
> [4] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-svg/2011Jun/0042.html
> [5] http://www.w3.org/2011/03/01-svg-minutes.html#item04

Thanks, that's very useful information.

Can anyone from Microsoft, Apple, Google, or Opera comment further on this 
topic?

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