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Terminology

There was a reason the discovery of the Rosetta stone was so widely heralded in its time. Being able to communicate in the same language is important if you wish to share ideas with others. Though SVG obviously provides an unchanging language to describe its elements, attributes, properties, and functions, it provides no such rules for its user-inputted values. As in any environment without rules, chaos reigns supreme.

Developers have taken advantage of this freedom to name id values in whatever manner they choose. Because of this, any developer unfamiliar with a document's code must attempt to decipher the original developer's naming system when, in fact, there may be none.


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