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Exporting SVG

Here’s a file format you may not have heard about before, but we wager you’ll hear more about it as time goes on: SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). It’s a vector-based file format that combines much of the power of the PostScript page-description language with the brevity of PDF (Portable Document Format), and is written using the standards of XML (eXtensible Markup Language), and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

SVG is probably best known as an up-and-coming alternative to the Flash (.swf) format for Web graphics. True, SVG will likely be most used on the Web, but because it’s built in XML, the format is useful for all sorts of things. XML can be manipulated much more flexibly than Flash, PostScript, or PDF. For example, you can open SVG files in a text editor to edit them, easily mix them with HTML codes, or search for text within them using standard search engines—none of these are easy to do with other formats.


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