Re: [svg-developers] Re : Linux/Unix port of SVG-Viewer urgently needed!!!!!!
> Ian Tindale wrote:This is correct, the curent build does not support dynamic display.
> Batik didn't support a full arena of dynamic SVG facilities last time
> I looked. It's more useful as a static SVG tool.
There is a full DOM, which can be manipulated and examined, but the
support for dynamic display recalculation has not so far been added in
the 1.0 release.
CSIRO, which runs on Linux, does implement SMIL Animation.
The Bitflash SVG implementation on the Agenda, a Linux-based PDA, does
support SMIL Animation. So, there are already several Linux
implementations that have dynamic SVG.
I did not want to start a discussion wether this or that SVG
implementation is easy to install or missing the one or the other
feature - also the Adobe SVG Viewer is still missing SVG features -
but it is - as far as I know the only viewer that I can use directly
within the Web-Browser and already supports a good range of DOM tree
manipulation, mouse and keyboard events, scripting and animation.
All of the free and/or commercial SVG implementations are good for
the SVG community - I also use batik and enjoy using it - there are
features implemented that are better than in the Adobe viewer. And I
also would like to thank all of the open source SVG initiatives and
hope they will all get mature and complete: choice is always better
This discussion is about wether Adobe does want SVG to play a major
role and will find its way to the end-user soon. If Adobe really
believes in SVG (which I hope they do) - they should really support
all major platforms! - and why not work with the Open-Source
community in implementing a Linux/Unix port? It would be an
interesting experiment for both of them ... I really wonder if they
still ignore linux after several really large companies are on the
way with deploying Linux as a desktop solution (think about many
global companies moving away from Microsoft (f.e. Ford), several
governments in Europe, Asia, South America, large computer and
software manufactorers and supporters like IBM, Compaq, HP, Oracle,
SAP etc. - think about all the universities and research institutes
that use Linux/Unix in teaching, educating tomorrows IT specialists)
- Linux on the desktop is definitely not dead but growing very fast.
It is an interesting situation: once the above companies helped to
make Windows NT a viable alternative to the commercial Unix market
by portin their applications - now they are doing the same with
Linux - and I am quite sure the same happens again: people moving
away from the bloated MS platform and software that domineer over
the end-user instead of just helping him to get his work done.
Once the "hen and egg" problem of missing applications is solved
there is no reason why not to use Linux. The ports of Borlands and
Metrowerks development platforms, beside Open source solutions like
kdevelop will help to accelerate the broadening of Linux desktop
In hope for getting an answer from Adobe ... and the best
"SVG-wishes" to all,
> -----Original Message-----[etc.]
> From: neumann@... [mailto:neumann@...]
> Sent: 04 July 2001 08:14
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [svg-developers] Re: Re : Linux/Unix port of SVG-Viewer
> urgently needed!!!!!!
> If Adobe really
> I really wonder if they[etc.]
> still ignore linux
Well, let's not forget that Adobe has provided their Acrobat viewer for
Linux (which, historically, is an extremely PostScript-aware platform).