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Chapter 8. Animation: SVG and SMIL Anima... > SVG, SMIL Animation, and SMIL 2.0

SVG, SMIL Animation, and SMIL 2.0

As I indicate in the preceding section, SVG derives four of its five declarative animation elements from SMIL Animation. SMIL, by the way, is the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language. A W3C Recommendation for SMIL 1.0 was issued on June 15, 1998, and is at http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-smil. The SMIL Animation specification is, at the time this book was written, still in the W3C Proposed Recommendation stage. The latest version is at http://www.w3.org/TR/smil-animation. Also under development is the SMIL 2.0 specification, also a Proposed Recommendation. The latest version is at http://www.w3.org/TR/smil20.

SMIL Animation is the most important of these three specifications as far as understanding SVG animations in isolation is concerned. However, SMIL 1.0 and SMIL 2.0 allow the integration of multimedia components within which static or animated SVG graphics can play a useful part. A discussion of those exciting possibilities of the multimedia use of SVG is beyond the scope of this book.


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