Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Tiny 1.2 Specification

W3C Working Draft 13 April 2005

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Ola Andersson (Ikivo) <ola.andersson@ikivo.com>
Jon Ferraiolo (Adobe Systems) <jon.ferraiolo@adobe.com>
Vincent Hardy (Sun Microsystems, Inc.) <vincent.hardy@sun.com>
Dean Jackson (W3C) <dean@w3.org>
Antoine Quint (Invited Expert) <aq@fuchsia-design.com>
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This specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Tiny, Version 1.2, a modularized language for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics in XML. SVG Tiny 1.2 is the baseline profile of SVG, implementable on a range of devices from cellphones and PDAs to desktop and laptop computers, and is the core of SVG 1.2. Other SVG 1.2 specifications will extend this functionality to form supersets (for example, SVG 1.2 Full).

Status of this document

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at http://www.w3.org/TR/.

This is a W3C Last Call Working Draft. If the feedback is positive, the SVG Working Group plans to submit this specification for consideration as a W3C Candidate Recommendation. Comments for this specification should have a subject starting with the prefix '[SVGMobile12]'. Please send them to www-svg@w3.org, the public email list for issues related to SVG. This list is archived and acceptance of this archiving policy is requested automatically upon first post. To subscribe to this list send an email to www-svg-request@w3.org with the word subscribe in the subject line. Comments are accepted until 20 May 2005.

Previous versions of this specification expressed the SVG Tiny 1.2 language as a profile; a set of pointers to portions of the SVG 1.1 and SVG 1.2 specifications plus a list of restrictions. Feedback from implementors and reviewers indicated that this was hard to follow and may have lacked precision. In this version, SVG Tiny 1.2 is described as a complete language specification, with no dependencies on other SVG specifications. This makes it a first class citizen, and is easier to read and to implement.

This document has been produced by the SVG Working Group as part of the W3C Graphics Activity, following the procedures set out for the W3C Process. The authors of this document are listed at the end in the Author List section.

The patent policy for this document is the 5 February 2004 W3C Patent Policy. Patent disclosures relevant to this specification may be found on the SVG Working Group's patent disclosure page. An individual who has actual knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains Essential Claim(s) with respect to this specification should disclose the information in accordance with section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy.

Publication as a Working Draft does not imply endorsement by the W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.

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.

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The authors of the SVG Tiny 1.2 specification are the people who participated in the SVG Working Group as members or alternates.



The SVG Working Group would like to acknowledge the many people outside of the SVG Working Group who help with the process of developing the SVG specification. These people are too numerous to list individually. They include but are not limited to the early implementers of the SVG languages (including viewers, authoring tools, and server-side transcoders), developers of SVG content, people who have contributed on the www-svg@w3.org and svg-developers@yahoogroups.com email lists, other Working Groups at the W3C, and the W3C Team. SVG is truly a cooperative effort between the SVG Working Group, the rest of the W3C, and the public and benefits greatly from the pioneering work of early implementers and content developers, feedback from the public.