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scalable vector graphics (file format, XML) (SVG)

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a file format for scalable vector graphics handled by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The SVG format is an XML-based, web-ready file format for 2D vector graphics and dynamic animations that supports the inclusion of SVG files in HTML documents. In addition to pure vector-based graphics, the SVG format also accommodates objects with pixel graphics and text.

Since vector graphics consist of texts describing the individual graphic elements, the file sizes are very small and can be scaled without any loss of quality. The same applies to printing fonts, animations and color depth. SVG graphics can be manipulated using the available Document Object Model( DOM) with JavaScript or VBScript. Scalable Vector Graphics works on the RGB color model, it has no transparency, a color depth of 24 bits, and some design and layout features tailored to the needs of web graphics and animation. These include shadowing, object illumination, Gaussian glows, and more.

A plug-in for the web browser is required to display SVG graphics; these are available for Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer, among others. There are two SVG variants for mobile devices: SVG-T (SVG-Tiny) and SVG-B (SVG-Basic). These formats are designed for portable small devices. The Tiny version is for cell phones and smartphones, while the Basic version is for handhelds and PDAs.

The extension of SVG files are *.svg and *.svgz.

Englisch: scalable vector graphics (file format, XML) - SVG
Updated at: 27.10.2010
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Links: file format, vector graphics, hypertext markup language (Internet) (HTML), indium (In), pixel graphics
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