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Simple Paths

From: Andrew Main <andrew.main1@ntlworld.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 20:59:52 +0100
To: <www-svg@w3.org.>
Message-ID: <000001c46393$d0004f00$707b6c51@ez1>
Draft 1.2 is interesting, but I don't see why you haven't addressed some
of the earlier glaring weaknesses.
Closepath Z and Moveto M don't allow proper drawing of some objects.
Imagine a room with a doorway.  I want to leave a gap at the doorway,
AND I want to use closepath so that the lines at the corner form a good
shape.  EG
<path d=" M 0 0 h 100 v 100 h -100 v -60 m 0 20 z " />
leaves an ugly corner at the origin (0,0).
That is clumsy, and well worth correcting.
M has no equivalents of H and V.  Lots of graphics need
horizontal/vertical lines, AND gaps.  But M forces use of both
coordinates!  (??weird anomaly??)
It is at least odd: almost perverse!  Lots of marginally useful features
(ellipses, Bezier, etc, but the basic straight lines seem
clumsy/awkward/inept at times.
Sorry to grumble.  Svg has some strong points, but (like all of us, I
guess) it is not perfect.
Andrew Main
Received on Friday, 9 July 2004 01:57:34 UTC

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