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Re: IBM SVG Viewer?

From: <klawrenc@us.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 16:50:37 -0500
To: JPadams@aol.com
cc: www-svg@w3.org
Message-ID: <852567C1.0078686A.00@d54mta08.raleigh.ibm.com>

>Does anyone know what SVG draft version of the recently posted IBM alphaworks
>SVG viewer is based on?
>I'm starting work on a SVG generator application and need to know which draft
>version to sync up with so that I can use it as a test viewer.
>J.P. Adams

Hi J.P. , you beat me to the punch, I have been travelling all day and was going
to put a formal note out announcing the availability of our viewer this evening.
So, I will try to answer you question and describe the viewer at the same time.

We (IBM) are developing a prototype SVG viewer in Java (using Java 2). We just
put the very first public release of this viewer (called SVG View) out on our
IBM alphaWorks web site for free download at www.alphaWorks.ibm.com. We are
excited to be among a growing number of publicly available SVG tools.

The viewer also requires that  you download our XML parser (XML4J) from

The SVG specification has been changing quite regularly as the working group
makes constant improvements based on public feedback and internal discussions
but our viewer most closely matches the June-25th level of the spec. but there
may be exceptions. The most notable deviations and restrictions are documented
in the files that come with the download package.

A new SVG specification just went public on the w3c web site and we are working
to move up to that level but it will be a little while before we get fully
caught up with a specific level due to the rate of change versus implementing
more function in the viewer.

As I mentioned, this is a prototype viewer and it does not implement the entire
SVG specification yet but has fairly complete support for things like basic
shapes, paths, clipping, presentation style properties, images, text, patterns,
links and more. Please refer to the documentation and samples for a better list.

If you have specific concerns, please send more e-mail to the public svg list
(www-svg@w3.org) or you can write to  us at svgview@us.ibm.com.

Thanks for trying out the viewer. We will add new function based on public
feedback so if there is a particular feauture you would like to see please let
us know.

Many thanks

Kelvin Lawrence
(on behalf of the IBM SVG and Transcoder technology team)

Kelvin R. Lawrence.
Senior Technical Staff Member
Java, XML  and other Internet Technologies.
IBM Network Computing Software Division
11400 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758.
Phone: +1 (512) 838-0924 Fax: +1 (512) 838-9813
e-mail: klawrenc@us.ibm.com
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