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About the Author

Andrew Watt is an independent Web consultant with an interest and expertise in XML and SVG who created the world’s “first” SVG-only Web site, accessible at http://www.SVGSpider.com/default.svg. He is a contributing author to Platinum Edition Using XHTML, XML and Java 2, XHTML By Example (published by Que), Professional XSL, Professional XML (2nd Edition), and Professional XML Meta Data (published by Wrox).

Andrew first viewed the Web using a text-only Lynx browser and has dark memories of the dullness of the Web before bitmap graphics. Having tasted the power of SVG, he is an enthusiastic evangelist for the advantages of SVG over bitmap graphics and saw in a flash a serious competitor to proprietary vector formats, particularly for the XML-based Web.

When he wrote his first programs in 6502 assembly language, he failed to see that his interest in graphics would one day merge creatively with his interest in programming. With the arrival of SVG, the day of the visually creative programmer is here—as well as the day of the programmatically literate Web designer.

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