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Attractive Vectormaps: A Call for Well-Arranged Webmaps

If a user has a choice between two maps he/she will often use the map with the 'better' design. This means a map, besides being readable, should be visually attractive, comparable with other maps and eventually deliver some tools to navigate and interact with a map. A further problem is that a lot of maps are not always self-explaining by default. SVG offers some possibility to make maps well designed. The readability is dependent on several factors: e g. the chosen colors, used fonts or minimal dimensions for symbols, line-styles and fill-patterns. The article is pointing to basic principles for designing visually attractive maps.

Dahinden, Tobias. SVG Open (2002). Design>Web Design>Graphic Design>Sitemaps


Single Sourcing in Technical Communication

No term has caused such a sensation in recent years among technical writers and illustrators as 'Single Sourcing.' The reasons: Enormous amounts of text and image material builds up in documentation and illustration companies. It is not uncommon for individual documents to contain several thousands of pages. If this is translated into several languages, then the administration needs are greater for both texts and graphics (graphics can contain text which must also be translated).

Fibinger, Iris. SVG Open (2002). Articles>Content Management>Single Sourcing>Technical Writing


Single Sourcing in Technical Communication

Technical Communication covers miscellaneous applications. So far you needed a separate tool for each purpose had to use several document formats for distribution and archiving. The xml-based format SVG cleans up with this misery, because SVG allows to use one single source for text, illustrations and animations ("Single Sourcing").

Fibinger, Iris. SVG Open (2002). Articles>Content Management>Single Sourcing


The Suitability of SVG for Deploying Wireless Applications

The wireless world is at a crossroads. Until recently, applications for wireless devices were text based and designed to deliver textual information. That is changing. Wireless devices are shipping with colour displays and more advanced graphics rendering libraries. Once applications are deployed that take advantage of these features, consumers will demand a rich media experience from all their wireless applications.

Hayman, John. SVG Open (2002). Design>Web Design>Mobile>SVG


SVG + Java Servlets for Web Maps

SVG provides a foundation for publishing vector maps over the Internet. SVG web maps can have very flexible database linkage and a full range of customization, while still remaining accessible to generic browsers over the Internet. The purpose of this case study is to look at the details of a typical web mapping application using SVG as the presentation of both map data and database query results. Along the way we will have a chance to look at several approaches to manipulating SVG templates on the server.

George, Randy. SVG Open (2002). Design>Web Design>Server Side Includes>SVG


SVG as a Page Description Language

SVG has matured into a rich, fully featured graphics language resulting in its suitability for all traditional graphics applications. The SVG working group is continuing development of various profiles for use in specific application areas, such as mobile devices. One of the most important uses of computer graphics languages is in the area of printing. Many languages used for printing are proprietary and display various feature sets. SVG in contrast is vendor neutral, contains much of the functionality of existing languages for printing and is a wonderful candidate for future hard copy devices. A new SVG profile for printing is being developed as part of the SVG standardisation effort.

Danilo, Alex and Jun Fujisawa. SVG Open (2002). Articles>Graphic Design>XML>SVG


SVG Linearization and Accessibility

The usage of SVG creates new possibilities as well as new challenges for the accessibility of Web sites. This paper presents a metadata vocabulary to describe the information content of an SVG file geared towards accessibility. When used with a suitable tool, this metadata description can help in generating a textual ('linear') version of the content, which can be used for users with disabilities or with non-visual devices.

Herman, Ivan and Daniel Dardailler. SVG Open (2002). Design>Web Design>Accessibility>SVG

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