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Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

Posted by archworx on May 17, 2007

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML markup language for describing two-dimensional vector graphics, both static and animated, and either declarative or scripted.

SVG was developed by the W3C SVG Working Group starting in 1998, after Macromedia and MicrosoftVector Markup Language (VML) whereas Adobe Systems and Sun Microsystems submitted a competing format known as PGML. The working group was chaired by Chris Lilley of the W3C.

To see exmple please download the Adobe SVG ViewerExample1

Advantages of using SVG over other image formats (like JPEG and GIF) are:

  • SVG files are smaller and more compressible than JPEG and GIF images
  • SVG images are scalable
  • SVG images can be printed with high quality at any resolution
  • SVG images are zoomable. Any part of the image can be zoomed without degradation
  • SVG works with Java technology
  • SVG is an open standard

to learn SVG visit W3Schools


One Response to “Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)”

  1. stelt said

    There are many more options for watching SVG besides the Adobe viewer. Take a look at for a list of viewers and about everything else about SVG

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