SIR TIM BERNERS LEE, inventor of the Interwibble and current director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a gripe with the Vole’s Internet Explorer browser.
In a recent interview, the creator of the great WWW, noted that although he was loath to specifying his preference of web browser, IE just wasn’t up to scratch when it came to graphics encoding.
Sir Berners-Lee’s W3C recommends a type of web image which is encoded as a scalable vector graphic (SVG). SVGs are easily resized and zoomed into without becoming a mess of blurry pixels. Mighty-Soft, however, doesn’t use SVGs, it uses Vector Markup Language (VML).
IE users who want to see SVG objects currently have to rely on an Adobe plug-in, which they must download themselves, as opposed to built in support for SVG in both Firefox and Safari. As if that wasn’t annoying enough, Adobe might be discontinuing its SVG plug in support come January 1st.
The Vole is apparently aware that w3C are not amused and has noted in a statement, "SVG support is something that we have been evaluating for some time. " Adding: "We recognise the demand for vector graphics from web developers, and realise this is a high-priority demand."
Good, it appears Mighty-Soft is starting to see the bigger picture. µ
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