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

From: Adrian Bateman <adrianba@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:22:01 +0000
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Brian Birtles <bbirtles@mozilla.com>
CC: "www-svg@w3.org" <www-svg@w3.org>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Message-ID: <104E6B5B6535E849970CDFBB1C5216EB4E1232A5@TK5EX14MBXC132.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
On Friday, September 09, 2011 6:00 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> 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?

We have no current plans to support SVG Fonts or SMIL animation for SVG in Internet
Explorer. Of course, our customers' needs always drive demand for features and we
respond accordingly.

We described more about this in a blog post here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2010/08/04/html5-modernized-fourth-ie9-platform-preview-available-for-developers.aspx

Cheers,

Adrian.
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