Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.0 Specification

W3C Working Draft 29 June 2000

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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 most of the review comments that were received during the second Last Call period, which started 3 March 2000, and also incorporates other modifications resulting from continuing collaboration with other working groups and continuing work within the SVG working group. Among the areas of the specification that are known to require further work are the text, font, animation chapters and any sections relating to events. Most of the further work is expected to be primarily editorial in nature with few further changes to the language itself. Depending on feedback to this draft, the goal is to publish a Candidate Recommendation soon once outstanding issues are addressed.

A complete list of all changes since the previous public draft specification is available in Appendix M: Change History.

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 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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John Bowler, Microsoft Corporation <johnbo@microsoft.com>
Milt Capsimalis, Autodesk Inc. <milt@autodesk.com>
Richard Cohn, Adobe Systems Incorporated <cohn@adobe.com>
David Dodds, Lexica <ddodds@lexica.net>
Andrew Donoho, IBM <awd@us.ibm.com>
David Duce, Oxford Brookes University <daduce@brookes.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 Inc. <rick@bitflash.com>
Vincent Hardy, Sun Microsystems, <vincent.hardy@sun.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>
Timothy Thompson, Kodak <timothy.thompson@kodak.com>
Shenxue Zhou, Quark <szhou@quark.com>

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