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RE: Gzipped svg files in the local filesystem

From: Patrick Dengler <patd@microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 19:46:09 +0000
To: Erik Dahlstrom <ed@opera.com>, "public-svg-wg@w3.org" <public-svg-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <4A2DB3AE4504E944AF122BBFBA7FBA1F56EF8466@TK5EX14MBXC118.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
I wouldn't change this language for 1.1 2nd edition.

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From: public-svg-wg-request@w3.org [mailto:public-svg-wg-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Erik Dahlstrom
Sent: Sunday, November 07, 2010 7:59 AM
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Subject: Gzipped svg files in the local filesystem

Hello svg-wg,

I've been looking at the 1.1 and 1.2T specifications for conformance criteria for svg viewer UA:s in particular when encountering an *.svgz file in the local filesystem. I can't find a requirement for such files to be displayed - surely the intention isn't that such files must cause an error message to appear in the UA?

Reading [1] it seems clear that *.svgz files don't fulfill the requirements for being a "conforming standalone svg stand-alone file".  
Should there be a similar conformance class for svgz files (along with clear requirements for displaying such files), or is wasting diskspace considered to be a good thing? Incidentally it would also mean that e.g Inkscape and Illustrator are not "Conforming SVG Generators".

Here's my proposed new wording (to be added to the confomance criteria

[[ Conforming Compressed SVG Stand-Alone Files

A file is a Conforming Compressed SVG Stand-Alone File if:
- the first bytes of the file are 0x1F8b (the fixed ID1 and ID2 fields  from the gzip file format header, as defined in RFC1952),
- the file extension is "svgz",
- the decompressed contents of the file fulfills all the requirements for "Conforming SVG Stand-Alone Files".

and changing G.6 to be:

[[ Conforming SVG Generators

A Conforming SVG Generator is a program which:
- always creates at least one of Conforming SVG Document Fragments, Conforming Compressed SVG Stand-Alone Files or Conforming SVG Stand-Alone Files.
- does not create non-conforming SVG document fragments of any of the above types.

Finally add a clause that requires either "Conforming SVG Interpreters" or "Conforming SVG Viewers" to support "Conforming Compressed SVG Stand-Alone Files".


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG11/conform.html#ConformingSVGStandAloneFiles

Erik Dahlstrom, Core Technology Developer, Opera Software Co-Chair, W3C SVG Working Group Personal blog: http://my.opera.com/macdev_ed

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