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> "From what I've seen, there aren't any good competitors for Flash.  What
other products for use on the web do timelines and have multiple layers
for graphics, text, and music?  Does DHTML+SVG really do this?"

Yes. It can do an awful lot more besides. It hasn't got the years of tool development behind it that other graphic/multimedia formats have, but it's catching up fast. 

Scalable Vector Graphics is a non-proprietary web standard.  It's becoming well-established, with offerings from Adobe & Corel amongst others.  It has its own MIME type. But most significantly :

SVG is XML !!!

You can use your lovely SAX parser and all your familiar DOM tricks. You can transform it with XSLT. You can transform to and from it with XSLT from other XML formats. You can put it in your XML database, push it out using Cocoon or whatever. You can use stuff from other namespaces. You can insert some RDF metadata into it or bung it in a lump of SOAP if you like. Or you can embed it in HTML. It uses CSS. You can use the programming languages you know & love (or loath). Produce/consume it server or client side. Being scalable it's perfect for mobile devices. It's human readable :

<?xml version="1.0" standalone="no"?>
<!DOCTYPE svg PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD SVG 1.0//EN"

<svg width="300" height="300">
<rect x="80" y="53" width="189" height="52"


Well I like it anyway...



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