Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Tiny 1.2 Specification

W3C Proposed Recommendation 17 November 2008

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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>
Anthony Grasso (Canon, Inc.) <anthony.grasso@cisra.canon.com.au>
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>
Cameron McCormack (Invited Expert) <cam@mcc.id.au>
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 (W3C) <schepers@w3.org>
Andrew Shellshear (Canon, Inc.)
See author list.

A non-normative single page version of this document is also available.


This specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Tiny, Version 1.2, a language for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics in XML. Its goal is to provide the ability to create a whole range of graphical content, from static images to animations to interactive Web applications. SVG 1.2 Tiny is a profile of SVG intended for implementation on a range of devices, from cellphones and PDAs to desktop and laptop computers, and thus includes a subset of the features included in SVG 1.1 Full, along with new features to extend the capabilities of SVG. Further extensions are planned in the form of modules which will be compatible with SVG 1.2 Tiny, and which when combined with this specification, will match and exceed the capabilities of SVG 1.1 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 17 November 2008 Proposed Recommendation of SVG Tiny 1.2. The SVG Working Group plans to submit this specification for consideration as a W3C Recommendation, having demonstrated multiple interoperable implementations for each test in the SVG Tiny 1.2 test suite, with at least one of the passing implementations on a mobile platform. The SVG Working Group, working closely with the developer community, has produced an implementation report to prove the implementability of this specification. The Candidate Recommendation and Last Call Working Draft phases for this specification resulted in a number of comments which have been addressed by the SVG Working Group, with a Disposition of Comments available on the W3C SVG site. A partial list of changes made since the Last Call Working Draft is available in Appendix T. Because this specification had multiple interoperable implementations, and had previously been a Candidate Recommendation, the Director's decision was to advance directly to Proposed Recommendation. The Working Group does not plan to request to advance to Recommendation prior to 15 December 2008.

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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.

This document was produced by a group operating under the 5 February 2004 W3C Patent Policy. W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also includes instructions for disclosing a patent. An individual who has actual knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains Essential Claim(s) must disclose the information in accordance with section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy.

Publication as a Proposed 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, but are greatly appreciated. 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, and from public feedback.