December 21, 2004 12:32 PM PST
W3C recharges graphics group
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on Monday said it had extended the charter for its graphics activity and brought the group up to date with the royalty-free patent policy the consortium adopted last year.
That policy, finalized after a year of controversy, is enforced on W3C working groups as they come up for reauthorization. The main work of the graphics activity, SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), is presently unencumbered by royalty-bearing patents, according to the W3C.
SVG, originally proposed to counter the now ubiquitous proprietary vector graphics capabilities of Macromedia Flash, has yet to see widespread market adoption.
The W3C now recommends SVG 1.1 in various iterations for mobile devices including the SVG Mobile Profiles: SVG Basic and SVG Tiny. Versions 1.2, now under development, will attempt to make SVG work better with other W3C technologies.