RE: XML for 3D geometry and objects
Hi Brandt Brandt said: Maybe - Microsoft have standardized on (and deployed in Office2000) VML. So now we have VML versus SVG. SVG won't revolutionise anything while 90% of application users are running VML. I'm not qualified to take sides, but I don't think we need both. Didier replies: So what is happening is that Microsoft supports VML in office and that Adobe will support SVG is most of their products. Moreover, they'll provide a free renderer (which is already quite fast even if it is an alpha version). The actual 2 D drawing capabilities of SVG are far more superior to VML. There will be an Adobe plug-in for illustrator that will generate SVG files. This plug-in is also in alpha tests. A very useful feature of the Adobe browser add-on is that you can manipulate the SVG elements with a DOM, therefore you can have interactivity in addition to rendition. This is not the case with VML which is quite passive. Stay tune for their beta release due, I guess for this summer. or apply for their early testing program and become an alpha tester. I can tell you the add-on is funny to play with. For instance, I have a map SVG file and I can add or suppress map information layers with check boxes. I could do that because of the SVG DOM. Because of the availability of a _fast_ and _free_ SVG renderer, the interest to provide drawings in this format may increase. By the way, the Adobe browser add-on works with both Mozilla (or Netscape) browser and IE. VML works only in IE. I made comparisons with actual Java applet based SVG renderers and I got a ratio of about 2 to 1 and often even more difference in speed with the Adobe plug-in. Also, I created forms created from XML and transformed into SVG instead of HTML. And believe me, the results are surprising, you can now render nearly as seen on the original paper form. Also, this is not the case with the actual HTML forms. Same thing for part catalogs, I could create an highly interactive parts catalog using SVG and the DOM. Again, the result is a lot superior to WebCGM. Sorry, I can show my SVG stuff since you need the Adobe browser add-on, only if you are near New-York, I'll show that at the WebNewYork conference at the end of the month (ref: http://www.webfm.com) Cheers Didier PH Martin ---------------------------------------------- Email: martind@n... Conferences: Web New York (http://www.mfweb.com) Book to come soon: XML Pro published by Wrox Press Products: http://www.netfolder.com xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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