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Re: Regarding implementation of SVG2 vector effects

From: Dr. Olaf Hoffmann <Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:10:58 +0100
To: www-svg@w3.org, fhemsher@gmail.com, strazzullo.domenico@gmail.com, ktecramin99@gmail.com
Message-ID: <5631461.vAzjXGvZXJ@ap03>
Francis Hemsher:

>I think web developers really like SVG. Many have no idea that 'SVG2 is
>twice as nice as SVG1" (A banner for a revolt?) Question is...What leverage
>would 50,000 web developers have to assure SVG2 does not languish is limbo?
>Any thoughts?

Most of the new and interesting features, it was agreed on to be required for 
SVG2, are removed now from the draft.
What is left, might be called SVG 0.2 again ;o)
Authors can completely forget about this 'SVG2'.
It was wasted time.

Specifications and recommendations should be written by independent people with 
some expertise in the related field, here vector graphics and not influenced by 
company lobbiests.
Obviously there has to be an independent reference implementation (for free 
for everybody) and there have to be independent people and tests to check, 
whether implementations are somehow related to the spcification or not, if not 
fix bugs and gaps in implementations instead of changing specfications, that 
have no bugs (obviously they can have bugs to be fixed as well, but wrong or 
missing implementations are no indications for bugs in specifications).

Without this, this desaster starting with HTML5 will continue, now SVG 2, CSS 
as well.
These tag soup parsers, currently mainly in use, are completely borked - this 
is the core problem, resulting in people trying to adjust recommendations to 
borked software, without a care about what might be meaninfull for the task of 
a format.

Maybe in a few years we need to put our information in stone again, because 
digital formats are finally completely borked, a failed approach.
Respectively the approach to get standards from companies failed completely.

If there is the impression, that digital communication is of any importance 
for mankind, format specifications needs to be moved to independent 
organisations (UNO? or organisations with expertise in this field like the 
usual metrological institutes like PTB). 


Olaf
Received on Thursday, 2 February 2017 16:11:38 UTC

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