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SVG: Imaging`s Pot of Gold?

Flash might be wonderful for many graphics tasks, but SVG can do everything Flash can do and more. Plus, it's open source, which makes it easy to take a look. Even Flash addicts might find themselves swayed to try it out. (This article was originally published in the May issue of Plug-In).

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January 11, 2005
  1. · SVG: Imaging`s Pot of Gold?
  2. · The best part: it's open source
  3. · Taking aim at Flash

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SVG: Imaging`s Pot of Gold? - The best part: it's open source
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While the chart shows that SVG has all the perks of all the other formats and more, the most appealing quality to the format is that it is open sourced. In this case, Iím not talking about the development cycle of the format, neither am I talking about the sometimes-touted binary format coding that Flash developers reveal to the world. Iím talking about the human readable source code of the images. By simply looking at the source code, anyone can read how the image was created, where it was located, and visually handicapped users are invited to use style sheets to override the colors or sizes in the graphics of the SVG page.

Power to the developers also comes through the use of XML structure and semantics. Now with SVG, financial data, medical records and the like can benefit from XML structure. Itís just common sense that if your data is XML, and your tool sets work with XML, your graphics should be in XML.

Because of this, Nokia, Ericsson and Openwave joined the SVG Working Group about the time that SVG received its W3C Recommendation.  Third-generation phones required XML-based, modularized, profitable technology that would fit into their architectural plan. Their plan included XHTML Basic, CSS and SMIL.

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