Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group Charter

The mission of the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group is to develop and maintain SVG.

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Start date [dd monthname yyyy] (date of the "Call for Participation", when the charter is approved)
End date 15 May 2018
Chairs Bogdan Brinza, Microsoft
Team Contacts Liam Quin (0.2 FTE)
Chris Lilley (0.1 FTE)
Meeting Schedule Teleconferences: topic-specific calls may be held as needed.
Face-to-face: No face to face meetings are planned for this group.


Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a language that allows authors and users to describe graphics in a way which is scalable to different device resolutions, acessible, and animatable.

The SVG WG develops a single deliverable, the SVG specification. It consists of the following, somewhat independent technologies, all of which are in scope for the SVG Working Group:

As a primary focus in this charter period, the group will concentrate on the stabilisation and interoperability testing of the core SVG 2 specification, and the SVG Integration document.

As a secondary focus, the group may address modules for new graphical features for SVG, once SVG 2 is at the Proposed Recommendation stage and once there is broad consensus on adding each such feature to the Web Platform.

Success Criteria

In order to advance to Proposed Recommendation, each specification is expected to have at least two independent implementations of each of feature defined in the specification.

Each specification should contain a section detailing any known security or privacy implications for implementers, Web authors, and end users.

Testing plans for each specification, starting from the earliest drafts.

Each specification should contain a section on accessibility that describes the benefits and impacts, including ways specification features can be used to address them, and recommendations for maximising accessibility in implementations.

Modules that reach W3C Recommendation, are considered successful when all of the following are present:

  • Production of stable documents addressing the work items listed in the Deliverables section.
  • Test suites for each module with conformance criteria.
  • Availability of multiple, independent, interoperable implementations of each feature with conformance criteria in each deliverable; as demonstrated by an implementation report (summarizing implementation status against the relevant test suite) for each testable class of product, including user agents.
  • Deployment on multiple types of platform.
  • User community and industry adoption of the group deliverables.


More detailed milestones and updated publication schedules are available on the group publication status page.

Draft state indicates the state of the deliverable at the time of the charter approval. Expected completion indicates when the deliverable is projected to become a Recommendation, or otherwise reach a stable state.

Normative Specifications

The Working Group will deliver the following W3C normative specifications:

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2

This specification defines the core SVG language.

Draft state: Candidate Recommendation]

Expected completion: Q1 2018

Adopted Working Draft: Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2, 15 Sept 2016.

Reference Draft: Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2, 15 Sept 2016. Exclusion period began 16 September 2016; Exclusion period ended 14 November 2016.

Produced under Working Group Charter: SVG WG, 2014-2016.

SVG Integration

This specification defines how SVG documents must be processed when used in various contexts, such as CSS background images, HTML ‘iframe’ elements, and so on

Draft state: First Public Working Draft]

Expected completion: Q3 2017

Adopted Working Draft: SVG Integration, 17 April 2014.

Reference Draft: SVG Integration, 17 April 2014.. Exclusion period began 17 April 2014; Exclusion period ended 14 September 2014.

Produced under Working Group Charter: SVG WG, 2014-2016.

Other Deliverables

Other non-normative documents may be created such as:

  • Use case and requirement documents;
  • Test suite and implementation report for the specification;
  • Primer or Best Practice documents to support web developers when designing applications.


Put here a timeline view of all deliverables.

  • Month YYYY: First teleconference
  • Month YYYY: First face-to-face meeting
  • Month YYYY: Requirements and Use Cases for FooML
  • Month YYYY: FPWD for FooML
  • Month YYYY: Requirements and Use Cases for BarML
  • Month YYYY: FPWD FooML Primer


For all specifications, this Working Group will seek horizontal review for accessibility, internationalization, performance, privacy, and security with the relevant Working and Interest Groups, and with the TAG. Invitation for review must be issued during each major standards-track document transition, including FPWD and at least 3 months before CR, and should be issued when major changes occur in a specification.

Additional technical coordination with the following Groups will be made, per the W3C Process Document:

W3C Groups

CSS Working Group
Coordinate on integration of SVG features and properties into CSS.
Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Working Group
Coordinate on SVG and graphics-related ARIA deliverables.
Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group
Coordinate on acessible SVG.
Web Application Security Working Group
Coordinate on security of SVG.
Web Platform Working Group
Coordinate on integration of SVG and HTML, and on compatibility with the Canvas API specifications.


To be successful, this Working Group is expected to have 6 or more active participants for its duration, including representatives from the key implementors of this specification, and active Editors and Test Leads for each specification. The Chairs, specification Editors, and Test Leads are expected to contribute half of a working day per week towards the WOrking Group. There is no minimum requirement for other Participants.

The group encourages questions, comments and issues on its public mailing lists and document repositories, as described in Communication.

The group also welcomes non-Members to contribute technical submissions for consideration upon their agreement to the terms of the W3C Patent Policy.


Technical discussions for this Working Group are conducted in public: the meeting minutes from teleconferences will be archived for public review, and technical discussions and issue tracking will be conducted in a manner that can be both read and written to by the general public. Working Drafts and Editor's Drafts of specifications will be developed on a public repository, and may permit direct public contribution requests. The meetings themselves are not open to public participation, however.

Information about the group (including details about deliverables, issues, actions, status, participants, and meetings) will be available from the SVG Working Group home page.

Most SVG Working Group teleconferences will focus on discussion of particular specifications, and will be conducted on an as-needed basis.

This group primarily conducts its technical work on the public mailing list (archive) and on GitHub issues. The public is invited to review, discuss and contribute to this work.

The group may use a Member-confidential mailing list for administrative purposes and, at the discretion of the Chairs and members of the group, for member-only discussions in special cases when a participant requests such a discussion.

Decision Policy

This group will seek to make decisions through consensus and due process, per the W3C Process Document (section 3.3). Typically, an editor or other participant makes an initial proposal, which is then refined in discussion with members of the group and other reviewers, and consensus emerges with little formal voting being required.

However, if a decision is necessary for timely progress, but consensus is not achieved after careful consideration of the range of views presented, the Chairs may call for a group vote, and record a decision along with any objections.

To afford asynchronous decisions and organizational deliberation, any resolution (including publication decisions) taken in a face-to-face meeting or teleconference will be considered provisional. A call for consensus (CfC) will be issued for all resolutions (for example, via email and/or web-based survey), with a response period from one week to 10 working days, depending on the chair's evaluation of the group consensus on the issue. If no objections are raised on the mailing list by the end of the response period, the resolution will be considered to have consensus as a resolution of the Working Group.

All decisions made by the group should be considered resolved unless and until new information becomes available, or unless reopened at the discretion of the Chairs or the Director.

This charter is written in accordance with the W3C Process Document (Section 3.4, Votes), and includes no voting procedures beyond what the Process Document requires.

Patent Policy

This Working Group operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis. For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.


This Working Group will use the W3C Software and Document license for all its deliverables.

About this Charter

This charter has been created according to section 5.2 of the Process Document. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.