Tokyo hosts SVG Open 2007

Next week in Tokyo, the SVG community is having a cool and scalable conference: SVG Open 2007. You may have heard of SVG, a syntax to create cool vector graphics for your Web pages. SVG is being implemented in Safari (Apple and Windows), in Mozilla and Opera.

You can do amazing things like this photo application demo or maybe you have seen the equivalent, SVG video demo (the Movie of the demo if you don’t want to install the last version of a browser). Carto.net has cool cartography applications with SVG as well.

And if you wonder if there is practical use of SVG in the real world® then I would encourage you to go on your next trip to Shibuya and look at this interactive map booth.

SVG information Booth

It is still time to join, check the details on the Web site.

8 thoughts on “Tokyo hosts SVG Open 2007

  1. The interactive map must be very interesting. I have very important work right now so I will try to visit SVG Open next year I hope it will be hosted by city so much unique like Tokyo. btw. The ” photo application demo” Looks pretty cool. That’s the kind of demos Mozilla really needs to explain what is the future of the web and open standards. Otherwise people could still say “we are using Flash, because then it will look at their best; I cannot do this with other technologies”. Now we can show them a demo like this one. Very good work. Regards Tom Black

  2. “SVG is being implemented in Safari (Apple and Windows), in Mozilla and Opera”
    Isn’t the same true for Amaya? As far as I remember Amaya includes SVG support – transparency, transformation, and SMIL animation.

  3. The link to the photo application demo is not working – perhaps this one?
    Is quite impressive, but I’m not going to invest too much time learning about it until there is some IE compatibility.

    The SVG video demo was just too much for my machine – takes too long to load and hogs all the cpu. Not quite up to what Silverlight can do yet. I can see a lot of potential for using svg in developing widgets for facebook.

  4. It seems that a lot of website applications online are using interactive technology including maps. However, don’t you thinking that having this type of application online might decrease website loading time and performance?

  5. The only cool thing about Amaya was its support for SVG, Scalable Vector Graphics. It also supports MathML, but IMHO, that language has no use in the real world of web development, being useful only to scientists and mathematicians.I haven’t used Amaya extensively, but the little I have, was not enjoyable.

  6. MathML and Web development world: It depends on what you include in Web development world. :) Sciences (for public and scientists), Engineering, financial reports, etc. are all part of the Web, and then developing tools to be able to manipulate and view them are quite practical. What about education? Your child is coming back from school and has a math exercise to solve for tomorrow. The teacher manages the answers of students with an online wysiwyg form. Your child goes on the school web site, put its id and answers.

    Amaya: Indeed has a UI which is sub-optimal compared to many commercial or shareware products. It can’t compete. It has been used at W3C as a proof of concept, as a way to test and implement some of the technologies. The code source is open. Really open, which means that anyone can improve it be on the UI or on the code itself.

  7. I checked the vector graphics out in Safari and Opera I have to say that the sharpness is definately very good. The problem is that it is processor consumption. This is very high so the usability is low for older computers. Therefore I would advise people to use the online vector tool at stanford.edu of use flash. On the other hand new ajax scripts enable vector effects that are quite impressive (shadow, mirror, round corners etc).
    best regards
    Michel Leren

  8. I took Vladimir’s work and modified it to work with the HTML video element support I’m adding to Firefox. With this version you can resize, rotate and move video files while they are playing. The topmost video in the z-order has the audio track played. Performance is pretty reasonable considering I haven’t done any optimisation of it.

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