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   OFFTOPIC, Firefox supports SVG

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At 21:09 23/07/2006, Jeff Rafter wrote:
>>The symptoms are easy to state: An XML developer cannot make a 
>>document available to an unknown recipient  (human or machine) - 
>>the "client" - and assume it has any tools for processing XML. 
>>Typical examples are:
>>- I cannot mount an SVG document and assume that the client can 
>>view it. (see, for example, 
>>http://jodi.tamu.edu/Articles/v05/i01/Murray-Rust/ where the SVG 
>>used to work in a majority of browsers and now fails in Firefox).
>Sorry Peter, I know you wanted this thread to stay on topic, but 
>there has been a lot of xml-dev talk lately about how Firefox has 
>poor support of SVG. That may not be your argument but I wanted to 
>point out that the SVGs in that file don't work in Firefox because 
>they aren't wellformed. Once you correct the incorrect GE ref to 
>&ns_graphs;(and the sodipodi element in the 3rd one), Firefox can 
>handle it. Even though Firefox supports SVG 1.1 it attempts to 
>display the 1.0 document presented and does so almost 100% 
>consistent to Adobe's renderer. Inkscape also supports the document 
>primarily because of its status as an editor and the expectation 
>that it would be attempting to render incomplete documents.

I apologize if I have appeared to criticize something that currently 
works. That was not my intention. My argument was that it *used* to 
work (whether or not it was correct) and now doesn't. The maintenance 
burden of SVG has been very high for us when it should have been 
automatic 5 years ago. (The precise structure of the document was out 
of our control and was created from our files by the publisher).

A positive aspect of this is that we should include an SVG validator 
in our client-side shopping list!


>Kind regards,
>Jeff Rafter

Peter Murray-Rust
Unilever Centre for Molecular Sciences Informatics
University of Cambridge,
Lensfield Road,  Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK


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