SVG Working Group

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Scalable Vector Graphics

The SVG Working Group is a working group created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to address the need for an alternative to the PostScript document format. The PostScript format was unable to create scalable fonts and objects without creating files which were inordinately larger than a file which used unscalable fonts and objects.

In April 1998, the W3C received a note from representatives of four corporate entities, including Adobe Systems, IBM, Netscape and Sun Microsystems. with regards to the Precision Graphics Markup Language, or PGML — an XML-based markup language.

A second message came a month later, from a team which included representatives of Hewlett Packard, Macromedia, Microsoft, and Visio; the note discussed the use of VML, an XML-based Vector Markup Language.

As a result of both missives, the W3C convened a working group, and within six months, the group published a working draft of requirements for the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format. This language, unlike the one used by Postscript, is optimized for Web use. It is able to describe two-dimensional graphics and graphical applications via XML.


Official logo for the SVG file format

Members of the SVG Working Group include representatives from the following organizations:

W3C has also invited several experts to collaborate with the working group.

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