Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Tiny 1.2 Specification

W3C Recommendation 22 December 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.

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

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This specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Tiny, Version 1.2, a language for describing two-dimensional vector graphics in XML, combined with raster graphics and multimedia. 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 laptop and desktop 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 22 December 2008 Recommendation of SVG Tiny 1.2.

This document has been reviewed by W3C Members, by software developers, and by other W3C groups and interested parties, and is endorsed by the Director as a W3C Recommendation. It is a stable document and may be used as reference material or cited from another document. W3C's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment. This enhances the functionality and interoperability of the Web.

The SVG Working Group working closely with the developer community, has produced an implementation report to prove the implementability of this specification. Previous drafts 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 list of changes made since the Proposed Recommendation Working Draft is available in Appendix T.

As described in the abstract, this specification represents the core for a set of modular extensions, but is named SVG Tiny for historical reasons, as a profile for mobile devices. Future versions of this specification will maintain backwards compatibility with previous versions of the language, in a continuing line of technology, but will bear the name "SVG Core" to represent this relationship.

Please send questions or comments regarding the SVG 1.2 Tiny specification to www-svg@w3.org, the public email list for issues related to SVG. This list is archived and acceptance of this archiving policy is requested automatically upon first post. To subscribe to this list send an email to www-svg-request@w3.org with the word "subscribe" in the subject line.

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.

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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.