[standards-jig] Jabber Icons (JEP-0038)

Adam Theo theo at theoretic.com
Thu Jul 18 17:55:09 UTC 2002


Iain Shigeoka wrote:
> Start at www.w3c.org and go to the SVG section.  One of the main sub-pages
> is "implementations" which lists many libraries, browsers, and content
> editors.  The list is a bit old so there actually should be more
> implementations out now than when the list was put together.
> 
> SVG being vector rather than raster based allows scaling, provides for
> effects, animation, and can be a lot more space efficient than raster
> formats (especially when compressed).  Simple shapes like smileys are
> trivial in SVG (3 circles and an arc) and SVG images can include embedded
> raster images if you need to work with them.
> 
> A minimal SVG implementation can treat svg like a bitmap by rendering it to
> one (via a gateway service if you're using a really constrained device like
> a mobile phone), or use it as a scalable vector image it renders at the
> appropriate scale when needed.  Advanced implementations can make SVG work
> like Macromedia Flash complete with animations, actions, etc which can lead
> to some really cool client behaviors...
> 
> Coming from an engineering background, one of the things I really like about
> SVG is that MathML can be transformed into SVG easily making the exchange
> (MathML), display (SVG) and collaborative editing (MathML) of print quality
> mathematical formulae possible.  (applications like Mathematica are using
> MathML as a common document exchange format).  I've also noticed that
> several UML programs are starting to export UML diagrams as SVG.

Execellent. I just took a look, and am amazed at how quickly SVG support 
has popped up. Why, it seems like only 2 years ago the spec was being 
made in the first place...

OK, I've now decided (unless there is great opposition to it) that SVG 
will replace PNG in the JEP as the only accepted image format. Not only 
will SVG be open and widely supported, but also allows for slick 
animations like Flash.

Thanks Iain Shigeoka and Jim Ray.

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