[whatwg] Canvas element - Keep It Simple

Olav Junker Kjær olav at olav.dk
Mon Apr 25 02:46:37 PDT 2005

Jim Ley wrote:
> Great, lets go with VML, supported on the majority of desktops out
> there, used by high profile sites such as Google,   It's a much better
> option albeit more complicated than canvas.

First I thought you were joking, but that is actually a great idea!
VML does integrate with HTML, not just XHTML, which was one of Dave 
Hyatts major criticisms against SVG.

It's certainly a lot more work to implement that canvas, but if it 
became supported by other browsers than IE, it would be useful on the 
wold wide web a lot sooner than canvas or SVG. Even if Microsoft 
committed to support SVG or canvas in a future version of IE (which I 
think is unlikely), it would still take years for the implementation to 
penetrate. OTOH VML is already widely supported - it's just ignored by 
developers because it is perceived as proprietary, and because Flash has 
an even wider penetration (and better tools).

Olav Junker Kjær

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