Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Tiny 1.2 Specification

W3C Candidate Recommendation 10 August 2006

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Ola Andersson (Ikivo) <ola.andersson@ikivo.com>
Robin Berjon (Expway) <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Erik Dahlström (Opera Software) <ed@opera.com>
Andrew Emmons (BitFlash) <andrew.emmons@bitflash.com>
Jon Ferraiolo (Adobe Systems until May 2006) <jon.ferraiolo@adobe.com>
Vincent Hardy (Sun Microsystems, Inc.) <vincent.hardy@sun.com>
Scott Hayman (Research In Motion Limited)
Dean Jackson (W3C) <dean@w3.org>
Chris Lilley (W3C) <chris@w3.org>
Andreas Neumann (ETH Zurich)
Craig Northway (Canon, Inc.) <craign@cisra.canon.com.au>
Antoine Quint (Invited Expert) <aq@fuchsia-design.com>
Nandini Ramani (Sun Microsystems)
Doug Schepers (Vectoreal) <doug.schepers@vectoreal.com>
Andrew Shellshear (Canon, Inc.)
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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 the 10 August 2006 Candidate Recommendation of SVG Tiny 1.2. W3C publishes a Candidate Recommendation to indicate that the document is believed to be stable and to encourage implementation by the developer community. The SVG Working Group expects to request that the Director advance this document to Proposed Recommendation once the Working Group has demonstrated at least two interoperable implementations for each test in the SVG Tiny 1.2 test suite; furthermore, at least one of the passing implementations must be on a mobile platform. The SVG Working Group, working closely with the developer community, expects to show these implementations by January 2007. This estimate is based on the Working Group's preliminary implementation report. The Working Group expects to revise this report over the course of the implementation period. The Working Group does not plan to request to advance to Proposed Recommendation prior to 10 November 2006.

This is a W3C Candidate Recommendation. The third Last Call Working Draft for this specification resulted in a number of Last Call comments which have all been addressed by the SVG Working Group; a list of all Last Call comments can be found in the Last Call Comments List. The list of changes made since the last public Working Draft is available in Appendix T.

The behavior when a fragment identifier contains a bare ID and does not contain a view specification has been modified compared to SVG 1.1. It is believed that the corrected behavior is more intuitive (bring the object with the given ID into view, panning and zooming out if necessary); that the old behavior was counter-intuitive; and that this change is welcomed by users and implementors. However, following the CR transition call, this feature was marked as 'at risk' and, if not interoperably implemented by the end of the CR period, will be removed and the old behavior will be reinstated.

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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.

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Publication as a Candidate Recommendation 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.