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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's SVG Lip Service Worthless

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft's SVG Lip Service Worthless
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 06:45:30 +0000
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Is Microsoft leading or following with SVG?

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| As usual, Microsoft's action drew considerable 
| scrutiny and even skepticism. It's not hard to 
| find commenters who write about "false 
| marriage", "damage" and lock-out. The major 
| market reality that has impacted SVG for years 
| is that all major Web browsers support it--
| except for Microsoft's Internet Explorer. 
| Numerous projects have decided against SVG in 
| their designs precisely because of this lack.
| Initial reaction to Microsoft's decision has 
| been, in my paraphrase: "Finally! Soon IE will 
| support SVG, and we can get back to our 
| programming." I'm unconvinced -- but also unsure 
| that it matters.
| There's no guarantee that Microsoft will ever 
| upgrade IE again, let alone that it'll include 
| SVG. Even if it does, it'll be many years before 
| use of earlier versions (IE 5, 6, 7, and 8, for 
| example) falls below whatever threshold 
| decision-makers decide should apply.


British Airways wants to force Microsoft to be in court

,----[ Quote ]
| A man suing British Airways over an alleged 
| aircraft accident at London City Airport on 
| February 13 2009 is claiming that because of it 
| he lost his job at Microsoft.
| Raymond Hamblin worked for the Global Practices 
| Group of Microsoft and wants damages from BA for 
| both lost income and future earnings.



Flash is coming to the iPhone, thanks to Gordon

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| Schneider (pictured right, next to Flash
| Gordon) married up Javascript with the
| iPhone's inbuilt support for Scalable
| Vector Graphics (SVG), an open-source
| competitor to Flash, which hasn't taken off
| to the same extent as Flash, due to the
| fact that Adobe had years of head-start in
| terms of getting the software installed on
| virtually all PCs.


Web code is already open - why not make it free as well

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| Oh dear. After the debacle with Microsoft
| Polandâs apparent racist photoshopping,
| Microsoft China went and got the company in
| hot water for allegedly âstealingâ code.
| Yes you read that right: Microsoft and
| wholesale âtheftâ of code from another
| website. Of course itâs not âtheftâ itâs
| copyright infringement but tomayto/tomarto.
| Microsoft confessed blaming a vendor they
| had worked with. No surprise really but the
| damage to their name may have already been
| done. Thereâs more to discuss here than
| Microsoftâs already tarnished reputation
| though. The issue raises some important
| points in favour of free software and
| points to why more if not all code should
| benefit from free licencing.


And So It Begins Again: Microsoft Joins SVG Group

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| The primary point of interest to me in this
| is the idea of Microsoft joining a Working
| Group for a technology that it has been
| pointedly ignoring  for 11 years, and for
| which Microsoft can boast an industry
| leading  0.00% support for in its latest
| and greatest browser.
| What exactly is Microsoft going to
| contribute here? What deep pool of SVG
| experience and credibility gets Microsoft a
| seat at the table?
| [...]
| In any case, now the W3C will probably be
| burning calories proving Microsoft hasnât
| corrupted the W3C ISO-OOXML style.


SVG Web: Google Brings SVG Support to Internet Explorer

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| Microsoft is a true master when it comes to ignoring Web standards. Thanks to
| Google, that could now change in terms of the SVG vector graphics format.



Microsoft's IE not good enough for web creator

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| SIR TIM BERNERS LEE, inventor of the Interwibble and current director of the
| World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a gripe with the Voleâs Internet Explorer
| browser.
| In a recent interview, the creator of the great WWW, noted that although he
| was loath to specifying his preference of web browser, IE just wasnât up to
| scratch when it came to graphics encoding.

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