SVG: The Open Standards of Graphic Design

Posted on October 1st, 2014

A snippet of SVG code generated in Inkscape.
A snippet of SVG code generated in Inkscape.

OpenStand principles are applied to applications everyday.  One example of this can be seen in a commonly used standard file format used by the print and digital design community, known as Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).  A member of the Libre Graphics Magazine community recently highlighted SVG as one of their favorite open standards because they use it on a daily basis for design.

SVG is an XML-based format for vector graphics, developed by the W3C. As an open standard, anyone can develop software and programs that include and build off of SVG files. In its current form, the open standard of SVG 1.1 defines a language, and ultimately a format, with a diverse set of capabilities. It includes common features, like vector shapes, paths and text rendering; and features not commonly known, like animation and interactivity.

SVG is a standard that aligns to the Principles of OpenStand on several levels.  SVG is open, it adheres to the principles of standards development,  it is collectively empowered, broadly available and people can leverage SVG voluntarily.

SVG isn’t a standard created by W3C employees — the volunteer committee working on the SVG standard is comprised of professionals from a diverse array of global participants.  Some  work for companies with an interest in SVG, while others are simply involved members of the public.  Having diverse interests represented, and global participation from people with different knowledge, cultures, thought processes enriches the development process and helps ensure that no single entity or interest dominates the standards development process.

SVG is also a product that can be used voluntarily by anyone, and built upon by anyone.  As a result, rather than investing time in a closed, proprietary standard with limited access, participants end up developing an open, freely available standard that can benefit everyone, and upon which anyone can innovate.

Part of the beauty open standards is that they never have to die:  their specifications will always be available, and can continue to improve over time, because they are not tied to a specific company or program.  They will continue to exist long as they are relevant and address market needs.

You can read more on Libre Graphics Magazine Series highlighting SVG as an open standard here. 

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