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Re: SVG animations without SMIL

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 21:34:01 +0200
Message-ID: <1996189526.20150603213401@w3.org>
To: Philip Rogers <pdr@google.com>, Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com>
CC: "www-svg@w3.org" <www-svg@w3.org>
Hello Philip,

A quick comment on something you mentioned in passing:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 8:20:36 PM, Philip Rogers wrote:
> The SVG path syntax is pretty difficult to use (IIRC it was
> designed before gzip which is why it uses one-character commands)

That is incorrect. It was designed both to be short when sent without
compression, and also short(er) when used with gzip; SVG 1.0 mandated
that implementations support gzip which was unusual back then.

Of course, it compresses better with new compression methods such as
Brotli.

Since path data forms the bulk of most SVG illustrations and since it
was competing with binary formats such as Flash, shortness was
considered very important for SVG to be competitive.


-- 
Best regards,
 Chris  Lilley
 Technical Director, W3C Interaction Domain
Received on Wednesday, 3 June 2015 19:34:03 UTC

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