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    SVG File Format

    Short Name SVG
    Long Name Scalable Vector Graphics
    Typical File Extensions .svg svgx
    Contains Vector
    SVG is a vector format (for both static and animated graphics) based on the XML markup language, and was developed as an open standard by the World Wide Wide Consortium.

    Some of the key features of the SVG format are:
    • Supports hyperlinks ("XLinks")
    • Supports vector shapes (e.g. lines, curves, etc.)
    • Supports raster objects
    • Supports text
    • Supports manipulations and combinations of objects including grouping, transformations, and scripting based on events
    Being based on XML (which is essentially text-based), SVG images are susceptible to compression. The .svgz option is the standard way to do this in which the SVG file is saved using gzip compression.

    There are several variants of SVG in use (SVG 1.0, SVG 1.1 and SVG Tiny 1.2 at the time of writing). In particular, the SVG Tiny (SVGT) and SVG Basic (SVGB) are subsets of the full SVG standard mainly intended for use on device with limited capabilities such as mobile phones or PDAs. Additionally, it should be noted that browser support for SVG although improving, is somewhat patchy at present - in particular older versions of Internet Explorer do not support the format without a third-party plug-in (which many users will not have), but Internet Explorer 9 (which supports the format natively) will not on older computers with Windows XP.


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