t.whid on Fri, 19 Apr 2002 17:19:01 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] GENERATION SVG

>>  http://www.oreillynet.com/cs/weblog/view/wlg/1197
>This guy you link to is living in 1997, or in some kind of alternate
>dream world where the web is a magical land of total freedom from
>corporate control. Using SVG is like speaking Esperanto to spite the
>hegemony of the nation-state system - a noble but totally futile
>gesture, and a waste of time for everyone from big businesses to
>individual artists. This might change, of course, but as of now I don't
>know anyone at all, or any web site at all, that works in SVG. I would
>have tried, but the 1-megabyte plug in download pretty much ruled it out
>for me.

SVG is great but doomed. the plug-in for Mac osX is 4MB!!! compared 
to 600-800KB for the newest flash plug-in.

plus, face it, what large corporation wants to put their trademarks 
all over the web in such a way as everyone can simply lift them at 
any resolution they please? and, sorry to say, without the infusion 
of money and energy that corp. backing will bring, SVG will never 
reach critical mass.

i long for SVG, i truly do, and for an art project it would be 
worthwhile to use. but only other designers and artists would ever 
see it, because they're the only ones who have the plug-in (which is 
installed when one installs illustrator or photoshop).

and another thing!
why doesn't msie support 24bit PNG (ya know, real transparency)? 
think of how much time we would all save. eeeerrrr!

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