March 12th, 2011
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 IE9 (here and here), our involvement in the W3C SVG Working Group (here, here, here, and here), and our attendance at SVG Open 2010 (here and 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.
Join us in October
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 Working Group