[whatwg] Inline SVG

Alexey Feldgendler alexey at feldgendler.ru
Thu Dec 7 20:05:14 PST 2006

On Mon, 04 Dec 2006 13:55:32 +0600, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:

>>   http://intertwingly.net/stories/2006/12/02/whatwg.logo

> Currently, there wouldn't be one. We could extend HTML5 to have some sort
> of way of doing this, in the future. (It isn't clear to me that we'd want
> to allow inline SVG, though. It's an external embedded resource, not a
> semantically-rich part of the document, IMHO.)

People will do inline SVG anyway. If there won't be a straightforward way to do this, authors will use all kinds of dirty hacks, such as data: URIs and DOM manipulation.

Personally, I don't think SVG content is inappropriate for HTML documents. It is no more presentational than the text itself: HTML doesn't try to structure natural language sentences by breaking them into grammar constructs, so an SVG image could be thought of as just an atomic "phrase" which only has defined semantics as whole.

Alexey Feldgendler <alexey at feldgendler.ru>
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