Re: Future plans for SVG Fonts and SVG (SMIL) Animation in browsers (Was: DOM4 not compatible with ACID3 tests)

On Sat, 10 Sep 2011, Brian Birtles wrote:
> (2011/09/10 4:55), Ian Hickson wrote:
> > I'm not closely involved in the SVG work. Can someone elaborate on the
> > status of SVG Fonts and SMIL animation in terms of future plans for
> > browser vendors? Are these features that are intended to be phased out?
> Mozilla is not planning to support SVG Fonts (as per [1][2][3];  
> however the idea of embedding SVG Fonts in OpenType[4] has attracted 
> some interest including from Mozilla). That said, there was a resolution 
> that SVG 2 would mandate support for SVG Fonts to some degree.[5]
> SMIL Animation is up in the air at the moment. Microsoft have expressed 
> concern about implementing it, or at least a preference to prioritise 
> CSS Animations. There has been talk about harmonising the two 
> technologies but until that path is clear some browser vendors are 
> reluctant to invest further in SMIL. There are outstanding action items 
> to investigate some of the options here.
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> [4]
> [5]

Thanks, that's very useful information.

Can anyone from Microsoft, Apple, Google, or Opera comment further on this 

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