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Last modified: Monday, November 11, 2002 

Short for Scalable Vector Graphics, a vector graphics file format that enables two-dimensional images to be displayed in XML pages on the Web. Vector images are created through text-based commands formatted to comply with XML specifications. In contrast to JPEG and GIF images on the Web, which are bitmapped and always remain a specified size, SVG images are scalable to the size of the viewing window and will adjust in size and resolution according to the window in which it is displayed.

Benefits of SVG include:

  • smaller files size than regular bitmapped graphics such as GIF and JPEG files
  • resolution independence, so that the image can scale down or up to fit proportionally into any size display on any type of Web device
  • text labels and descriptions that can be searched by search engines
  • ability to link to parts of an image
  • complex animation

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Doing It With SVG 
Article contains a tutorial on creating basic SVGs, as well as example images and formattings. Even includes an element/attribute table.

SVG: The Art Is in the Code 
While SVG has not yet reached the popularity level of Flash, times are changing quickly, bringing a sense of enthusiasm for SVG.

IBM SVGView Viewer
Download page for SVGView, a Java program that uses Java 2D and the XML Parser for Java to parse, process, and display SVG files.

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.0
W3C Working Draft, August 1999, defining the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).

W3C Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
Provides current status of W3C's SVG proposal and the latest updates and happenings in the SVG initiative.

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