SVG comment - inline images?


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