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SVG comment - inline images?

From: Dave Landers <landers@boulder.vni.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 14:31:26 -0700
Message-ID: <36C9E3AE.504F97A9@boulder.vni.com>
To: www-svg@w3.org

I may have missed something, but it looks like the <image> element 
is set up to XLink to external images.  That is good, but I feel 
there should also be some facility for inline (non-external) images.

If images are always separate, then the graphics containing both 
images and vector elements will rely on multiple documents, data 
streams, files, etc.

I am evaluating SVG with the objective of using it as a graphics 
file and interchange format: saving graphics to a file as well as 
transmitting them between programs via a data stream.  If I must 
save and organize multiple files or transmit multiple, independent 
streams, then I have more issues (that are unrelated to the graphics)
than I really care to deal with.

I am thinking that the <image> object should allow inline content 
(similar to what is done in PostScript, for example), or maybe it 
should be able to reference an inline image that is defined in a 
<defs> section.


Dave Landers
Senior Software Engineer
Visual Numerics, Inc.
Received on Tuesday, 16 February 1999 16:32:54 UTC

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