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   <Headline>New Web Graphics Standard Emerges</Headline>
   <Deck>Vector graphics allows images to be resized, 
         cropped and printed at different resolutions</Deck>
   <Dateline>March 1, 1999</Dateline>        
   <Byline Email="mfloyd@beyondhtml.com">Michael Floyd</Byline>
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<DropCap>W</DropCap>hile XML has primarily been used for text, the World Wide 
Web Consortium (W3C) released the first public working draft of the 
<bold>Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)</bold> format, which is defined in XML. 
SVG is intended to be a vendor-neutral, cross-platform format for XML vector 
graphics over the Web. The working draft status indicates that the W3C is 
making the proposal public and openly soliciting feedback. 

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The use of vector graphics means that Web designers will be able to reuse 
images more effectively and that images can be easily resized, cropped and 
printed at different resolutions. <Pullquote>Because it is defined in 
XML</Pullquote>, the SVG format can be read by <italic>any</italic> existing 
XML parser, and programmers and script developers will be able to access SVG 
documents through any DOM API to, for example, create animations. Text within 
images, such as figure captions, will be maintained as text, so it can easily 
be searched by search engines. And Webmasters will be able to apply style 
sheets equally well to XML text and SVG.

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Members of the W3C's SVG Working Group include Adobe, IBM, Apple, Microsoft, 
Sun, HP, Corel, Macromedia, Netscape, and  Quark. For those interested, a 
public mailing list, www-svg@w3.org, has been started. You can get more 
information on SVG at <Anchor myURL="http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/">www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/</Anchor>.