Vector Graphics: From PostScript and Flash to SVG
Probets, Steve and Mong, Julius and Evans, David and Brailsford, David (2001) Vector Graphics: From PostScript and Flash to SVG. In: ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng '01), 9-10 November 2001, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The XML-based specification for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), sponsored by the World Wide Web consortium, allows for compact and descriptive vector graphics for the Web. SVG s domain of discourse is that of graphic primitives whose optional attributes express line thickness, fill patterns, text size and so on. These primitives have very different properties from those of traditional document components (e.g. sections, paragraphs etc.) that XML is normally called upon to express. This paper describes a set of three tools for creating SVG, either from first principles or via the conversion of existing formats. The ab initio generation of SVG is effected from a server-side CGI script, using a PERL library of drawing functions; later sections highlight the problems of converting Adobe PostScript and Macromedia s Shockwave format (SWF) into SVG.
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