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Re: SVG and HTML

From: Dmitry Beransky <dberansky@ucsd.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 13:30:13 -0700
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At 12:35 PM 7/29/99 , Mike Meyer wrote:
>you'll always find a small
>percentage of sites that care about the speed a page loads and
>honoring the users preferences. From the looks of things, (X)HTML will
>work better for those people than SVG.

Yes, but...Just like (X)HTML, SVG is optimized for fast downloads; just 
like (X)HTML, SVG uses CSS which means that it' capable of honoring user 
preferences; just like (X)HTML, SVG can support DOM, therefore it's 
scriptable, etc.  Everything that HTML can do, so can SVG except for 
semantic markup (but to some degree that can be accomplished with RDF).

At 12:30 PM 7/29/99 , Sarr Blumson wrote:

>Knowing that a
>list is a list lets a screen reader for blind users _tell_ them that it's
>enumerating a list.  Heading tags let a search engine tell you whether
>hits occurred in section headings or in text (the Text Encoding Initiative
><http://www.tei-c.org/> carries this to great lengths for academics doing
>textual analysis stuff.  All of this matters to some people.

Once again, I agree, but what percentage is "some people" -- %50, %20, 
5%?  I'm inclined to think that the actual number unfortunately is much 
closer to the smaller end of the scale.  And most vendors have a tendency 
of paying little attention to the needs of small groups.

I recognize the benefits of HTML, support it wholeheartedly and don't want 
to see it gone.  I'm just afraid that by mainstreaming SVG we are going to 
shoot ourselves in our own collective foot.


Dmitry Beransky
Received on Thursday, 29 July 1999 16:29:09 UTC

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