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   Re: [xml-dev] SVG and embedded images?

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In a message dated 19/10/2002 02:22:59 GMT Daylight Time, andrzej@chaeron.com writes:

Can anyone tell me if it's possible to embed a jpg or gif image (probably
base64 encoded) in an SVG?  If so, what would the tag syntax be for this?

I read the SVG spec....but it seems that you can only refer to an external
bitmapped image.


Something like this should do it:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" standalone="yes"?>
<!DOCTYPE svg PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD SVG 20010904//EN"
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"
xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"><image id="AHWCropped" width="813" height="1293"

Of course, the data must be much longer to display the original JPEG image correctly. I cut the image data a lot to keep the above short. But it should let you see what you wanted as to syntax.

It is also possible to do this with GIFs and, I think, with PNGs.

I hope that helps.

BTW detailed questions on SVG are probably best sent to the SVG-Developers mailing list at

Andrew Watt


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