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Suggestions and Requests / Additional image type requested
« on: July 10, 2003, 05:30:10 pm »
I'd like to request two additional image types in the documentation export:

- SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/

SVG is a language for describing two-dimensional graphics in XML. SVG allows for three types of graphic objects: vector graphic shapes (e.g., paths consisting of straight lines and curves), images and text. Graphical objects can be grouped, styled, transformed and composited into previously rendered objects. Text can be in any XML namespace suitable to the appplication, which enhances searchability and accessibility of the SVG graphics. The feature set includes nested transformations, clipping paths, alpha masks, filter effects, template objects and extensibility.

And... (oh yes, horror of horrors):

- VML (Vector Markup Language)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/workshop/author/vml/

Vector Markup Language (VML) is an XML-based exchange, editing, and delivery format for high-quality vector graphics on the Web that meets the needs of both productivity users and graphic design professionals. XML is an emerging simple, flexible, and open text-based language that complements HTML. (See the XML section of the MSDN Library for detailed information on XML.)

Why both?

Well, Microsoft Internet Explorer seems to be making absolutely NO progress in supporting SVG natively inside the body of an XHTML document.  On the other hand it does display VML without any plug-ins.  SVG is nice for non-Microsoft browsers & platforms - while VML is nice for IE (and yes, Microsoft is still using it extensively internally - the betas for Office 2003, SharePoint 2003 import many VML namespaces...)

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