Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.0 Specification

W3C Working Draft 03 December 1999

This version: http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WD-SVG-19991203
Latest version: http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG
Previous version: http://www.w3.org/1999/08/WD-SVG-19990812
Editor: Jon Ferraiolo <jferraio@adobe.com>
Authors: John Bowler, Microsoft Corporation <johnbo@microsoft.com>
Milt Capsimalis, Autodesk Inc. <milt@autodesk.com>
Richard Cohn, Adobe Systems Incorporated <cohn@adobe.com>
David Dodds, Open Text <ddodds@opentext.com>
Andrew Donoho, IBM <awd@us.ibm.com>
David Duce, RAL (CCLRC) <d.a.duce@rl.ac.uk>
Jerry Evans, Sun Microsystems <jerry.evans@Eng.sun.com>
Jon Ferraiolo, Adobe Systems Incorporated <jferraio@adobe.com>
Scott Furman, Netscape Communications Corporation <fur@netscape.com>
Peter Graffagnino, Apple <pgraff@apple.com>
Rick Graham, BitFlash Graphics Inc. <rick@bitflash.com>
Lofton Henderson, OASIS, <lofton@qwestinternet.net>
Alan Hester, Xerox Corporation <Alan.Hester@usa.xerox.com>
Bob Hopgood, RAL (CCLRC) <frah@inf.rl.ac.uk>
Christophe Jolif, ILOG <jolif@ilog.fr>
Kelvin Lawrence, IBM <klawrenc@us.ibm.com>
Chris Lilley, W3C <chris@w3.org>
Philip Mansfield, Inso Corporation <philipm@schemasoft.com>
Kevin McCluskey, Netscape Communications Corporation <kmcclusk@netscape.com>
Tuan Nguyen, Microsoft Corporation <tuann@microsoft.com>
Troy Sandal, Visio Corporation <TroyS@visio.com>
Peter Santangeli, Macromedia <psantangeli@macromedia.com>
Haroon Sheikh, Corel Corporation <haroons@corel.ca>
Gavriel State, Corel Corporation <gavriels@COREL.CA>
Robert Stevahn, Hewlett-Packard Company <rstevahn@boi.hp.com>
Shenxue Zhou, Quark <szhou@quark.com>


This specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), a language for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics in XML.

Status of this document

This document is a public review draft version of the SVG specification. This working draft attempts to address Last Call review comments from the previous public working draft (the "Last Call" draft of 12 August 1999) plus modifications resulting from continuing collaboration with other working groups and continuing work within the SVG working group.

An accumulative list of changes to the specification since the first public working draft of SVG (05 February 1999) is supplied in Appendix I: Change History.

One area of current activity where some changes are expected is the detailed definition of some of SVG's DOM interfaces.

This is a draft document and might be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. While we do not anticipate substantial changes, we still caution that further changes are possible. It is inappropriate to use this document as reference material or to cite it as other than "work in progress".

We explicitly invite comments on this specification. Please send them to svg-comments@w3.org.

The SVG working group has been using a staged approach. Initially, the working group developed a detailed set of SVG Requirements, which are listed in SVG Requirements. These requirements were posted for public review initially in October 1998. For the most part, the specification has been developed to provide the feature set listed in the requirements document. At some point, an updated version of SVG Requirements might be posted which contains detailed editorial comments about which requirements have been addressed in this draft (along with hyperlinks to the relevant sections of the specification) and notes about which requirements have not been addressed yet and why.

Public discussion of SVG features takes place on www-svg@w3.org, which is an automatically archived email list. Information on how to subscribe to public W3C email lists can be found at http://www.w3.org/Mail/Request.

The home page for the W3C graphics activity is http://www.w3.org/Graphics/Activity. Further information about SVG may be found at the W3C SVG Overview page.

A list of current W3C Recommendations and other technical documents can be found at http://www.w3.org/TR.

Available formats

The SVG specification is available in the following formats. (In future versions, the specification's vector drawings will be available in both SVG and raster image formats. For now, only raster image formats are available.)

HTML 4.0:
a zip file:
and a PDF file:

In case of a discrepancy between the various forms of the specification, the HTML is considered the definitive version.

Available languages

The English version of this specification is the only normative version. However, for translations in other languages see http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/svg-updates/translations.html.

Quick Table of Contents

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Full Table of Contents

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