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Microsoft Adopts SVG For Internet Explorer 9 152

An anonymous reader writes "SVG has been a published standard for almost a decade. Microsoft has had nothing to do with it, even while every other major browser adopted SVG as a supported format and interface. Just in the last few weeks, though, Microsoft has thrown a surprising amount of its weight behind SVG." This means for IE 9, but it's a start.
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Microsoft Adopts SVG For Internet Explorer 9

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  • by nohumor ( 1735852 ) on Saturday March 27, 2010 @03:13AM (#31637480)
    this follows on the earlier announcement to support more HTML5 features on IE9. after killing netscape, IE has managed to thwart other upcoming browsers by tweaking standards in a way that developers specifically for IE and other standard compatible browser's rendering looked bad. now this was a fine business strategy except that the browser just refused to evolve. firefox happened followed by safari, chrome, etc. heck, even opera is getting more attention now, especially with euro mandated browser raffle for windows. now IE strategy of not following standards is stacking up against it, with some markets have IE share dropped to less that 50. it is trying to catch up now and actually have the audacity to suggest that they are doing a better job of following the standards, a case in point the adoption of long desired css border-radius. anyway, developers are 1 step closer to worry less about cross browser compatibility (cbc) and more about design and development
  • by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Saturday March 27, 2010 @03:48AM (#31637574)
    Well, they are the guys that couldn't even get "ping" right when they were given the source code.
  • The problem of MS: (Score:4, Interesting)

    by drolli ( 522659 ) on Saturday March 27, 2010 @04:03AM (#31637638) Journal
    Browsing is also mobile browsing nowadays. Microsoft has not the capability any more to impose technologies (Silverlight etc.) on users any more. If 50% of the devices dont support your webpage and never will, you can not ignore any mor anybody who can not install some plugin. Morover IE is also loosing foothold on the desktop. So what was a move to hinder a competitor seriously (Why should i embed SVG on webpage if IE can not view it?) is slowly becoming a disadvantage. If Firefox and google chrome get the image of "just working fine" when compared to the IE and IE gets the image of causing problems, then they can stop making IE9.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 27, 2010 @04:05AM (#31637644)

    Every time somone mentiones this I go to adobe and try the svg test... and I can't se anything except "Missing Plugin".
    What's the trick ???

  • Re:Nothing new (Score:5, Interesting)

    by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Saturday March 27, 2010 @04:16AM (#31637690) Homepage

    Yeah I was thinking pretty much the same thing, but this is another article for a difference crowd with its own purpose. And with all that said, perhaps it's time to put Microsoft's SVG implementation through the /. torture rack.

    Even during the previous article's discussion, a question on my mind (that I was afraid would have been modded offtopic) was "how faithful will their implementaiton of SVG be?" Microsoft is quite famous for doing things in such a way that it makes the world believe everyone else is broken. So now I am left to wonder about this too.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 27, 2010 @04:17AM (#31637694)

    Earth hour? Useless! This day shall be known as IE HOUR! Everybody starts their IE's around UTC+0 12:00!

    On a more serious note, why don't they do these real improvements in small increments, so that these would appear to IE8 too, but faster.

  • by harlows_monkeys ( 106428 ) on Saturday March 27, 2010 @08:29AM (#31638634) Homepage

    Go look at how HTML evolved, and which browsers supported which features, and you'll see that they didn't do anything the other browser makers weren't also doing. Grab older editions of, say, O'Reilly's HTML Definitive Guide, and you'll find a large chunk of the tags are marked as non-standard Netscape extensions, for instance.

    The web got big on these non-standard tags. Many eventually became standard (although sometimes in not quite compatible ways). The big difference between IE and the others is that Microsoft, until recently, has been less willing to break sites (especially corporate intranet sites) that use the old stuff.

  • Re:Nothing new (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Hal_Porter ( 817932 ) on Saturday March 27, 2010 @11:06AM (#31639560)

    Whenever anyone runs objective tests of browser functionality, Opera usually does very well. I'm amazed it doesn't have more market share.

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