Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 Specification

W3C Recommendation 14 January 2003, edited in place 30 April 2009

This version:
Latest version:
Previous version:
Jon Ferraiolo, Adobe Systems <jon.ferraiolo@adobe.com> (version 1.0)
藤沢 淳 (FUJISAWA Jun), Canon <fujisawa.jun@canon.co.jp> (modularization and DTD)
Dean Jackson, W3C/CSIRO <dean@w3.org> (version 1.1)
See author list

Please refer to the errata for this document, which may include some normative corrections.

This document is also available in these non-normative packages: zip archive of HTML (without external dependencies) and PDF.

See also the translations of this document.


This specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Version 1.1, a modularized language for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics in XML.

Status of this document

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. The latest status of this document series is maintained at the W3C.

This document is the 14 January 2003 Recommendation of the SVG 1.1 specification. SVG 1.1 serves two purposes: to provide a modularization of SVG based on SVG 1.0 and to include the errata found so far in SVG 1.0. The SVG Working Group believes SVG 1.1 has been widely reviewed by the community, developers and other W3C groups. The list of changes made in this version of the document is available.

On 30 April 2009 this document was edited in place to fix a number of dead links. The W3C Team has kept a copy of the original document.

Public comments on this Recommendation are welcome. Please send them to www-svg@w3.org: the public email list for issues related to vector graphics on the Web. This list is archived and senders must agree to have their message publicly archived from their first posting. To subscribe send an email to www-svg-request@w3.org with the word subscribe in the subject line.

The W3C SVG Working Group have released a test suite for SVG 1.1 along with an implementation report.

The latest information regarding patent disclosures related to this document is available on the Web. As of this publication, the SVG Working Group are not aware of any royalty-bearing patents they believe to be essential to SVG.

This document has been produced by the W3C SVG Working Group as part of the Graphics Activity within the W3C Interaction Domain. The goals of the W3C SVG Working Group are discussed in the W3C SVG Charter (W3C Members only). The W3C SVG Working Group maintains a public Web page, http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/, that contains further background information. The authors of this document are the SVG Working Group participants.

A list of current W3C Recommendations and other technical documents can be found at http://www.w3.org/TR/. W3C publications may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time.

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 1.1 specification are the people who participated in the SVG Working Group as members or alternates.



The SVG Working Group would like to acknowledge the great many people outside of the SVG Working Group who help with the process of developing the SVG 1.1 specification. These people are too numerous to list individually. They include but are not limited to the early implementers of the SVG 1.0 and 1.1 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 1.1 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, and help from the W3C team.

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