From JISC Standards Catalogue
- Image Standards
- The SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) open format was developed by the W3C. It has significant support from industry with Adobe, Apple, Canon, Corel, Hewlett Packard, Macromedia, Microsoft, Kodak and Sun being involved in the development of the standard.
- The current version is 1.1. SVG 1.2 is under development. In addition, SVG profiles (SVG Tiny and SVG Basic) have been developed for use, for example, on mobile devices.
- The SVG standard is relatively mature but there has not been widespread takeup within the market place. Browser plug-ins are normally required to view vector graphics.
- Risk Assessment
- Older Web browsers have traditionally suffered from poor support for SVG and even support within current browsers is patchy. The proprietary Flash format (also known as SWF) (owned by Macromedia) is more widely deployed.
- Take-up Elsewhere
- SVG does not seem to have significant take-up in other development programmes.
- Further Information
- Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), W3C, <http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/>
- Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Version 1.1, Sustainability of Digital Formats, Planning for Library of Congress Collections, <http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/fdd/fdd000020.shtml>
- Scalable Vector Graphics 1.1, PRONOM, <http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/PRONOM/Format/proFormatSearch.asp?status=detailReport&id=635>
- Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SVG>
- Brian Kelly, UKOLN
- Karla Youngs and Antony Theobald, TASI
- Date Created
- 25 July 2005. Updated October 2006.
A standards entry for SVG is also available in the eReSS Wiki.