Monday, August 24th, 2009

SVG Open 2009: SVG Coming of Age

Category: Announcements, SVG

The final registration for the SVG Open 2009 conference is coming up the end of this month! Scalable Vector Graphics, or SVG, is an open, browser-based standard that makes it easy to create interactive web graphics. SVG is great as it’s part of the HTML 5 family of technologies while being search engine friendly; easy for JavaScript and HTML developers to adopt; exportable from your favorite drawing tools like Adobe Illustrator ™; and straightforward to emit from server-side systems like PHP and Google App Engine. It’s also available in all modern browsers.

Google is helping to host the SVG Open 2009 conference this fall at their Mountain View campus. The theme this year is SVG Coming of Age. It will be held at the Google Crittenden Campus in Mountain View, California on October 2nd through 4th 2009, with additional workshops on October 5.

Co-sponsored by W3C, the SVG Open conference series is the premier forum for SVG designers, developers, and implementors to share ideas, experiences, products, and strategies. Over 60 presentations will be delivered by SVG experts from all over the world, tackling topics such as design workflows, mobile SVG, Web application development, Web mapping, geo-location based services, and much more.

Two panel discussions will allow the audience to discuss ideas and issues with the W3C SVG Working Group and implementors. Many W3C Members will be participating, including Google, IBM, Mozilla, Opera, Oracle, Quickoffice and Vodafone. The conference schedule and confirmed keynote speakers are now available.

The deadline for early-bird registration is August 31st, so get your registrations in soon! Full-price registration will remain available until October 1, and limited on-site registration may also be available at the registration desk during the conference. The W3C SVG Working Group and W3C’s Chris Lilley and Doug Schepers will participate.

A wide range of exciting talks are on the docket. Here’s a small sample:

* Ajax Toolkits supporting SVG graphics: Raphaël, dojo, Ample SDK, SVG Web Project, JSXGraph
* SVG in Internet Explorer and at Google
* Beyond XHTML
* Progress in Opera and Mozilla
* Using Canvas with SVG
* Progress in Inkscape
* Implementors and Panel Sessions
* SVG and OpenStreetmap
* SVG in Wikipedia/Wikimedia
* SVG and ODF
* SVG for Scientific Visualization
* SVG for Webmapping
* SVG for Games
* SVG for Mobile Applications
* SVG Wow – demonstrations of great SVG demos

See you there!

[Disclosure: I work for Google and am helping to organize the SVG Open conference]

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:30 am

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Note that this year’s SVG Open is particularly interesting, mainly due to the arrival of SVGWeb, which brings (nearly all of) SVG 1.1 to IE, with the result that SVG 1.1 is now available across all desktop browsers – without requiring an *SVG plugin* (see below). Largely because of the great momentum of WebKit on mobile phones, SVG is also on the road to ubiquity on mobile browsers.

For those who aren’t familiar with SVG, think of HTML as an application platform, but replace the flowable document markup (e.g., DIV’s and P’s) with a PostScript-like 2D graphics model (i.e., , , ). Both HTML and SVG share the W3C DOM, JavaScript and events (load, click, mouseover, etc.).

With SVGWeb and browser native implementations of SVG, you can mix HTML and SVG within the same Web page.

SVGWeb is “zero-install” (i.e., no *additional* plugin). It achieves its SVG magic on IE by rendering via the Flash plugin, which is basically available wherever IE is. As a result, SVGWeb allows developers to build standards-compliant web pages and leverage Flash under the hood on IE until Microsoft finally steps up and supports SVG natively.

Comment by JonFerraiolo — August 24, 2009

Looks like my markup didn’t go through. Instead of “, , ,”, it should say <path>, <image>, <text>.

Comment by JonFerraiolo — August 24, 2009

Did anyone notice a certain major company conspicuously missing from this event?

Comment by aaronshaf — August 24, 2009

“SVG is great as it’s part of the HTML 5 family of technologies”

While HTML5 is a catchy buzzword everyone is trying to get a piece of, SVG doesn’t fit. Sorry, but it’s been around for years and hasn’t caught on yet, IE hasn’t talked about implementing it, the spec has gone off the rails several times, etc.

Comment by midnightazul — August 24, 2009

Aaronshaf —

If you mean Microsoft, yes, this is typical.

Their ego has been wounded ever since they (and others) submitted Vector Markup Language (VML) back in 1998 to the W3C. Implemented in IE 5 betas all the way back then too. Still (mostly) works to this day – google maps uses it, lots of greats libs like raphael (, and DD Roundies ( use VML to their advantage in making the very hard, possible.

So, will Microsoft ever adopt SVG? My bets are on NEVER. Their last chance to do so, XAML, could have been SVG, with special tags. Or, it could have used SVG for defining objects in areas. Didn’t happen, so now we’re stuck with yet another vector format to deal with.

I’ve been following this issue for a long time, since late 1999 actually. Wrote a SVG2VML converter in Perl…. at the time you couldn’t display SVG, but you could use InkScape to draw and save SVG — there was nothing of the sort out there for VML.

Damn you Microsoft for being so stubborn! You lost, now be the bigger, um, “entity”(?), and integrate SVG.

Comment by blinkingmarquee — August 25, 2009

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