Monday, April 11, 2005Note that this hasn't happened yet-- I'm just getting ready
Mozilla developers have enabled support for scalable vector graphics (SVG) in their nightly builds. The next release of the browser suite, Mozilla 1.8b2, will likely contain SVG support, but Mozilla Firefox, which has branched from the main browser trunk, will not receive SVG support until the release of version 1.1, predicted to occur in June by Mozilla's QA lead, Asa Dotzler.
While the patch to enable SVG support by default changed just 4 lines of code, the code that renders SVG is substantially larger (anyone know how big?).
Computer images can be divided into two categories: raster images and vector images. Raster images, such as BMP or JPEG files, contain a compressed listing of the color of each individual pixel in an image. Vector graphics, on the other hand, contain geometrical descriptions of the shapes in the image. As a result, vector graphics can be enlarged without suffering from aliasing.
Most web browsers, including the dominant Microsoft Internet Explorer, currently only support SVG through plugins from Adobe Systems and others. It is supported natively by the experimental Amaya browser. The Opera web browser (as of 8.0 Beta 3) offers SVG support based on the SVG 1.1 Tiny standard.
- Tim Rowley, et al.. "Bugzilla Bug 122092 Enable SVG support" — ,