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The World Wide Web Consortium Releases First Working Draft of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) specification





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"Adobe, the leading provider of professional graphic design tools, is proud to be a part of this colloborative effort to bring professional quality graphics to the Web. For Web designers, SVG is revolutionary. It will allow them to create graphically compelling, interactive, and fully dynamic Web sites directly from their favorite illustration and animation authoring tools. Its compatibility with HTML, XML, DOM, CSS and JavaScript makes it a perfect fit for today's Web authoring workflows and the emerging graphically rich electronic commerce sites of the future."
-- Tom Malloy, VP for Advanced Technology, Adobe Systems Incorporated
"Apple's leadership position in the design and publishing markets is providing the Scalable Vector Graphics working group with crucial guidance in defining the next generation of graphical content on the Internet. With advanced features like transparency, compositing, raster effects, and built-in ColorSync support via ICC profiles - we expect SVG to offer Apple's design customers a state-of-the-art format for web content creation."
-- Tim Schaaff, Senior Director of Interactive Media Group, Apple Computer
"Corel is extremely pleased to support the World Wide Web Consortium efforts to develop an industry-wide standard for Scalable Vector Graphics. As an active participant in the SVG working group, we are committed to tracking the SVG working drafts and to embracing SVG throughout our graphics applications."
-- Derek Burney, Executive Vice President of Engineering, Corel Corporation.
"As an advocate of open standards, IBM believes that Scaleable Vector Graphics can deliver better graphics, faster and will help e-businesses bring media rich content to the Internet. For example, SVG can improve the quality of images enabling Web shoppers to view life-like content from Web storefronts and catalogs."
-- Andrew Donoho, Senior Engineer and SVG working group member, IBM
"SVG has the potential to greatly improve graphical content on the Web and to open up exciting new possibilities for electronic publishing. An open standard based upon XML, SVG promises to facilitate the manipulation, interchange, linking and searching of graphical content. Already a significant contributor to W3C standardization efforts for XML, DOM, and CGM, Inso strongly supports the development of this important new standard and plans to fully implement SVG viewing, publishing and content management in our products and in our Enterprise Information Platform."
-- Sebastian Holst, vice president of product management for Inso's Electronic Publishing Solutions
"Macromedia is committed to open solutions that help our customers add life to the Web. As one of the key contributors to the SVG specification, we believe this, along with VML and WebCGM, will be a useful static text-based format for Web designers who want to exchange content between tools during the authoring process. SVG will be a great complement to Flash, Macromedia's ubiquitous run-time format that enables a more dynamic Web experience for end-users. Today, the Flash player is included with Windows 98, MacOS 8.5, Netscape Navigator 4.5, AOL 4.0, and most recently Linux."
-- Pete Santangeli, Director of Flash Program Management at Macromedia.
"We're excited to have actively participated in the development of SVG, a format for delivering vector graphics in HTML documents, and that it has moved so quickly to the initial Working Draft phase. We think SVG will be a great new format, complementing WebCGM for vector graphics, and PNG for raster graphics."
-- Mark Ryland, Director of Standards Activities, Microsoft Corporation
"Netscape is pleased to see that the working group is progressing on SVG. We believe the web user's experience will be greatly enhanced by a vector graphics standard designed specifically for the Web. Many of the raster images on the Web could be replaced with vector graphics which offer compact downloads, device independent resolution, and retention of textual data for searching and indexing."
-- Jim Hamerly, Vice President of Client Products, Netscape Communications Corporation.
"SVG promises a number of advantages over the raster graphics used on the Web today. It offers high fidelity graphics and precision design control with small files that can be scaled and transformed efficiently on the Web. Quark is actively participating in the SVG Working Group and will migrate the technology into our products as appropriate."
-- Mark Lemmons, Quark business unit manager, Internet Publishing
"As a member of the W3C's working group on vector graphics since its inception, Sun is pleased to see the draft release of the Scalable Vector Graphics specification, which will provide for a 2D vector graphics format to enhance what Web designers can do with image formats. At the core of the Java 2 platform lies the Java 2D API, which contains a rich set of graphics, text and imaging features -- all of which map to the the SVG specification. As a result, the Java 2 platform will provide an excellent base from which to implement the capabilities in the SVG specification."
-- Dr. Jim Mitchell, Vice President of Technology and Architecture, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
"The SVG Working Draft provides a rich language for describing and displaying vector graphics inside of Web pages. SVG's expressiveness will allow for high quality presentation and interchange, both of which are especially important for Visio users who want to publish and exchange drawings via the Web. We look forward to continued participation within the Working Group in making SVG a Web standard."
-- Ted Johnson, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Visio Corporation





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