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Interleaved formats

News · Texts · July 23rd, 2010 ·

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This interview may be a good read. It deals with some aspects of the “current state” (June 2010) of SVG implementations.

It’s got a really sweet format. It’s a two-sided interview, meaning that Doug Scheppers and Patrick Dengler interview each other. It’s not often that I come across interviews that are interleaved:

I asked Patrick some questions, and he asked me some.

To read about technologies that I may (or may not) get a chance to explore is super enjoyable. This time, my favorite was: an HTML version of SMIL called HTML + Time.

The interview has an addendum 🙂

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  • 1. Paulo

    Jul 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    do Internet Explorer still exists? :O

  • 2. Paulo

    Jul 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    it’s very weird why these interviews are about Internet Explorer, isn’t it? Specially when it’s a post in a blog mostly about software-libre… – comments about this issue are very welcome

  • 3. Femke

    Jul 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Hello Paulo,

    It is ironic isn’t it, SVG being boosted now through IE implementation?
    We blogged about this interview because we think artists and designers should get involved in the definition of Open Standards so we need to understand how it works. Publishing this dialogue with Microsoft is also one of the ways the SVG-workinggroup is opening up a process that often is opaque, hard to follow and uninviting and we want to support their effort.
    The gritty reality of Open Standard politics is of course not limited to free software; SVG had a hard time regaining momentum when Adobe bought Flash and it ended up being supported by Firefox mainly. Also a platform dependent Open Standard seems a bit contradictory 😉
    If you want to know more about how SVG/Open Standards are developed and why OSP thinks that is interesting: http://ospublish.constantvzw.org/conversation/even-when-you-are-done-you-are-not-done