|SCALABLE VECTOR GRAPHICS (SVG)|
|WHAT'S ADOBE DOING WITH SVG|
editing the spec, creating the tools
adobe appears extremely active in the svg arena. jon ferraiolo from adobe is both an author and the editor of the svg spec. he delivered a demonstration of adobe's svg tools in may 1999 at the www8 conference. shown were an adobe illustrator import/export utility for reading and writing svg files from illustrator, and a web browser plugin for displaying svg files. the tools are likely to be made publicly available shortly after the finalization of the svg spec this fall, however adobe is also running a developer program to test the tools out before launch.
about adobe's svg plugin
what about an authoring tool?
it looks like adobe will be a major supporter of svg. the only unanswered question is will they work on a dedicated svg authoring tool, or only on an illustrator/svg module. svg can provide things like style sheets, alternative content, and text descriptions that don't translate to the illustrator authoring model very well. in addition, svg on the web will likely include animation and interactivity--things that macromedia's dreamweaver and flash already are handling. no word yet on whether adobe has any intention of producing a tool for authoring that kind of media.
adobe's svg technology preview
early in 2000, adobe opened their info centre on svg up to the public. if you haven't visited it yet, and you're at all interested in svg, make it your very next stop. at the site, adobe offers fully functional versions of their svg browser plug-in and illustrator-to-svg file converter. they also present rational, thorough viewpoints on the role they feel svg will play on the web in the future, and give clear demos and tutorials on the technology.