SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is a key aspect of HTML5, bringing W3C-standard DOM-based
vector graphics to the Web. IE9 implements the core modules of
SVG 1.1 (Second Edition) and does so in a fully hardware-accelerated manner,
like the rest of IE9’s fully hardware-accelerated HTML5. We blogged about SVG in
our involvement in the W3C SVG Working Group (here,
here), and our attendance at SVG Open 2010 (here
Regarding SVG Open, Microsoft will be hosting
SVG Open 2011 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 17-20, 2011, at our
New England Research & Development Center. The theme of this year’s
conference is “Where SVG meets the Web.” Though SVG itself has been around for a
while, it is HTML5 that promises to bring it to the everyday Web. It is only now
with IE9 and recent versions of other browsers that SVG content can be embedded
inline in HTML and used as a source for the HTML <img> element. In many respects,
now is the time when SVG meets the Web.
Though Microsoft is the event host, we are not the event organizers. Since its first
conference in the summer of 2002, SVG Open has been organized by a committee of
dedicated volunteers who review submissions, select among them, and coordinate with
the chosen presenters. The SVG Open 2011 organizing committee is currently
calling for participants who wish to present a paper or teach a course.
As stated on the SVG Open 2011 Web site:
Historically we have suggested a list of topics for this conference. Now that SVG
is natively available on all major browsers and integrated into HTML, we want to
hear from the SVG developer communities (Web, mobile, and otherwise) on topics ranging
from but not limited to art and design, integrated Web experience, webapps and user
interfaces, the sciences, mapping, data visualization, and all other uses of SVG.
Mark your calendars now to join us in Cambridge in October. Who knows? Perhaps we
can all attend the
first game of the 2011 World Series at Fenway Park.
—Patrick Dengler, Senior Program Manager, Internet Explorer, and member, W3C SVG