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Re: PlanetSVG Content

From: David Storey <dstorey@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 13:30:56 +0200
Cc: SVG IG List <public-svg-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <A4672E30-D825-4883-B898-D3AF56651B4D@opera.com>
To: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Just to let you know, I'm writing a SVG Primer/101 for Dev Opera,  
along with a few other basic SVG articles (linking, filters, and so  
on).  I'm writing them as I learn about everything, which isn't ideal  
as I have some questions in my head (and might get a few things  
wrong), but it gives me a fresh insight into what doesn't make sense  
for a beginner, and what is difficult, which is what I used to know  
about CSS but forgot as I have enough experience there to forget what  
was a challenge originally.

The 101 article is more or less finished except polishing it and  
explaining paths and the co-ordinate system, and the linking article  
is basically finished except the demos.  The other articles I've not  
even started.

On the subject of the call yesterday about site structure and so on, I  
write for the site css3.info, which has been successful as an  
evangelism site, but I wouldn't say the structure is 100% ideal, but  
has some nice touches.  It has different aims however, as teaching and  
promoting css3 to people who already know css well is much easier than  
promoting a new technology that people may be intimidated to learn  
(starting from scratch is always scary), and whose basic needs of SVG  
may be fullfilled by the new CSS stuff for animations, transitions,  
transforms and some of the webkit gradient and reflection type stuff.   
Learning a new CSS property is much less scary, even if the SVG  
equivalent isn't very difficult when you know how.

On 7 Apr 2009, at 05:50, Doug Schepers wrote:

> Hi, Folks-
> I started a couple new Drupal "books" to start taking the place of  
> some of the old content from the SVG Wiki.  The first place I  
> started was authoring tools and SVG basics (as we discussed in the  
> telcon).
> http://www.planetsvg.com/content/svg-tools
> http://www.planetsvg.com/content/svg-101
> I plan to write the first few lessons in the SVG 101, and maybe make  
> a loose outline, then ask others to fill in on particular topics.   
> For the tools, please free to jump in anytime.
> Once we have a little bit of content ready for these books, I'd like  
> to link to them from the front page.
> By the way, the Drupal authoring interface could really use some  
> more friendliness, especially for inserting images or links, and  
> marking up the text content.  I think it would be great if we could  
> find an easy way to allow people to upload and link to SVG images...  
> we could then share that back into Drupal as a module, and that  
> could in turn help spread the use of SVG in Drupal sites.
> Regards-
> -Doug Schepers
> W3C Team Contact, SVG and WebApps WGs

David Storey

Chief Web Opener / Product Manager, Opera Presto / Product Manager,  
Opera Dragonfly
W3C WG:  Mobile Web Best Practices / SVG Interest Group

Opera Software ASA, Oslo, Norway
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