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A thought on SVG glyphs,.. or alternative naming

From: Jelle Mulder <pjmulder@xs4all.nl>
Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2013 11:35:24 +0800
To: www-svg@w3.org
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A thought on SVG glyphs,.. or alternative naming

One of the things I was wondering about is the following. If I'm correct,  
text itself is not added to the DOM of a document. One of the complaints  
on SVG is that since every object has a DOM representation this eats  
memory, things bog down a lot. The obvious way to address this to my  
thinking is the use of SVG fonts, which could be any arbitrary object and  
then used without more than one DOM representation. Sure,.. still eats  
memory, but it will be fairly easy to handle.

Now wouldn't it be the ultimate idea to use this way back method to create  
backgrounds for games, objects moving along paths and even create page  
layouts by using the mechanisms already defined in text placement and the  
substitution of fonts with other objects? Maybe to address sensitivities  
on this topic we could give it another name, such as GlyphSymbols, but it  
may just be the method to speed things up a bit. And give those that  
actually would like to use fonts in SVG format a method to use them.  
Nicely backwards compatible, animated et all, with flow text mechanisms  
actually quite useful for your multi device layouts and everybody is  
happy. It would even prevent us from having the conversation on why this  
wasn't done years ago.

Or am I missing something here?

Cheers,

Jelle Mulder
Received on Saturday, 9 November 2013 03:30:49 UTC

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