- Our CompSci department has approved a new course to start offering in the
color theory, graphical algorithms, CSS and, of course, SVG (if there is any
left after the CSS invaders have taken their plunder!). I'm interested in
equipping the labs (for these courses and half a dozen other web programming
courses) with proper software.
The last time we had such a discussion here, one or three years ago I asked
people where they did their SVG development and the notes at
http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/IG/wiki/Authoring_tools_and_editors were an
attempt to consolidate the results at that time.
Since then, a few utterly predictable things happened though: Microsoft
decided to support SVG (duh!); Adobe reversed course and came back into the
sweet spot; Silverlight and Flash started to look a lot less promising and,
lo and behold, SVG is sort of now, the only game in town (unless you want to
for you) for doing declarative graphics, animation and the like).*
Adobe's authoring suite seems to be making considerable inroads into the SVG
arena as their presentations at SVG Open indicated, but what else is going
Has anyone experimented with HTML -KIT Tools? I see they have a lot of new
SVG 1.1 support. How about new versions of OxyGen. Is Aptana any closer to
recognizing that SVG has entered center stage? Have any of the seven dwarves
(notepad ++, Komposer, textpad, GEdit, etc.) given us a way of previewing
SVG without having to save and open a browser?
Do Firebug or Dragonfly yet realize that authoring is not always modifying
Does Inkscape or SVG Edit yet give us a code-hinting and code completion in
an editing window for those who need to program their graphics?
So many questions!
The "proper" environment has all that, and the ability to modify drawings in
a GUI and go back and forth to ones markup (it'd be nice if as I stretch the
graphic or drag it, it would also create appropriate <animate> or
<replicate> as requested), and a flow-chart editor for filters that displays
intermediate results, in little boxes, sort of like that thing Patrick
Dengler showed us a couple of months ago.
Right now I'm leaning toward Dreamweaver, but other opinions are very
welcome. In addition to outfitting the labs, I'm also interested in keeping
the page at SVG/IG current (heck, it's live editable web space!) and who
knows, maybe while I'm at it, I'll write a book too!
*Or I suppose you can work really hard to make sure that no shred of
geometric semantics is left in markup and then all aspects of the visual
cortex are rendered as mere artifacts of "presentation" and thence the W3C
may confine its standards to the temporal lobe where "text" used to be
processed, at least ancestrally, when it was all about sound for a time, and
after we started picking vegetables.
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