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   Re: [xml-dev] What are people using SVG for?

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[David Megginson]

> Robin Berjon writes:
>  > Yes, I know that but I was thinking more of graphical capacities
>  > and the such.  SVG does not endeavour to be a complete programming
>  > language, something which I often hear perceived as an advantage
>  > (eg it won't send your printer into an infinite loop).
> Because Postscript is a procedural language, there's inevitably going
> to be something you can do with it that you cannot do as efficiently
> (or at all) with a declarative language.  Whatever that something is,
> I doubt it's worth the complexity tradeoff, but all the same, don't be
> surprised when someone pulls it out.
Postscript is somewhat like a more complex and sophisticated FORTH.  It
really is very good. As I FORTH user for years, I though that Adobe made a
very good choice in picking a stack- and definition-based language. But a
Postscript program can be virtually unreadable.  I would rather work with
svg, but (or better, even though) without a language binding, so far some
things are harder or (perhaps) impossible with svg that you can do with PS.

I suppose that you could get the equivalent of subroutines by named
templates in a stylesheet, if you use one to create the svg.  If you do it
by hand, you are probably out of luck.


Tom P


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