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RE: Status of connectors for SVG2

From: David Dailey <ddailey@zoominternet.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:55:13 -0400
To: "'Juergen Roethig'" <roethig@dhbw-karlsruhe.de>, <www-svg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000901cf9c81$3f33d730$bd9b8590$@net>
Hi folks,

Circa Thursday, July 10, 2014 3:38 PM

Juergen, Doug and Tav all wrote about connectors: current status [1,2], new ideas, lack of implementer buy-in.

I've always liked connectors (since I work a lot with graphs and we've had to develop our own xml format for storing them, as well as a zillion lines of JavaScript to create, edit, and interrogate them). Antireflexive binary relations (directed graphs) and antireflexive, symmetric binary relations (graphs) are intensely ubiquitous in that part of the world that is modeled by mathematics (some would say that's the whole world) and are sort of a lingua franca of modern (post 1970's) computing theory and discrete math. Their relevance to web pages has always seemed so obvious that I've had a hard time justifying them to nonbelievers. Self-evidence is sometimes its own worst enemy.

Anyhow, Juergen, since you've been working with these notions on presumably practical problems, perhaps it would be worth brainstorming with interested parties on a goodly collection of use cases. Perhaps once those with browser development teams, agenda, and priorities can see just how wonderful these constructs are, then the urgency for implementation will receive a boost. Just what sorts of problems will connectors solve that one would otherwise have to rely on script to do?

(I know, now I'm sounding like an implementer rather than an advocate! Please slap me!)


[1] http://dev.w3.org/SVG/modules/connector/SVGConnector.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/2013/09/12-svg-minutes.html 
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