SVF Design Philosophy
SVF was the first vector format designed specifically for the Web,
with the initial public specification published in 1994 and presented
at the 2nd World Wide Web Conference.
- Streamable. An image can be displayed while the file is downloaded.
- Every graphic object can be a 1 or 2 dimensional hyperlink.
- Notifications can be used to transparently give the
user more information when moving around the image.
- XML version for integration with other web formats.
It's designed to be simple to create files but also simple to create a program that
can read and display everything. Many other formats are so complex that most programs
limit themselves to working with a subset of features, making the format less useful.
While simple, it also contains a rich enough set of objects to be able to accurately
represent graphic information as complex as CAD drawings. Additionally, custom
user data can be added to files.