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Still in Its Infancy

Presently, the power of SVG is somewhat limited by the need to use a plug-in (www.adobe.com/svg/), as with Flash. Nor does the plug-in currently work equally well across platforms and browsers. When browsers natively support SVG, its ability to add standards-based visual interactivity to all websites will be that much more enhanced.

Presently too, browser support for XML is in its infancy. Although XML powers software, databases, and web services, few browsers can usefully display raw XML files, and the creation of XML applications exceeds the capabilities of most designers and site owners.

The development community has solved the latter problem by creating XML-based languages, protocols, and products the rest of us can use “behind the screens.” The W3C has solved the problem of browser support for XML by combining the familiar simplicity of HTML with the extensible power of XML in the XHTML markup standard we'll explore in Chapter 5, “Modern Markup.”

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