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Hour 16. Formatting > Including Text in Your Document

Including Text in Your Document

Text in SVG is handled considerably differently than in HTML. The name HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) alone suggests considerable concern as to the handling of text; the name SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) suggests an emphasis elsewhere. Whereas HTML is focused on formatting text, with the addition of graphics as a postscript to the language, SVG focuses largely on the precise visual presentation of content, whether it is graphics or text.

SVG's attention to detail in how it displays its text comes at a price. Whereas the vagaries of HTML allow massive amounts of text to be freely formed and resized according to the user's environment, SVG requires precise coordinates for each line of text. This level of control allows SVG code to define complex typographical functions unavailable in other Web technologies. However, SVG is not well suited for handling large bodies of text; instead, SVG is accommodating of other XML technologies (such as XHTML) that can handle the management of such text.


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