No huge SVG leaps in Firefox 3

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A lit­tle while ago I claimed that SVG looks set to be the future of web graph­ics, after Oper­a’s announce­ment that SVG would be allowed as a val­ue in the background-image declaration.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly Fire­fox won’t be doing the same with their next release; indeed, it seems that resources are lim­it­ed at Mozil­la;

With min­i­mal resources avail­able for SVG devel­op­ment, we need to make some tough calls regard­ing pri­or­i­tiz­ing devel­op­ment efforts in the Fire­fox 3 time-frame… This means that SMIL and SVG fonts will not make Fire­fox 3 with the cur­rent devel­op­ment resources, and the ear­li­est chance for adding them will like­ly be in late 2008. 

And a com­ment on the post con­firms that the only way to imple­ment SVG for the near future will be using the object tag. Looks like the future of web graph­ics is still a lit­tle way off.

1 comment on
“No huge SVG leaps in Firefox 3”

  1. It seems like Opera are set­ting the agen­da in this regard and its a damn shame if Fire­fox don’t fol­low. Due to the lack of scal­ing in CSS back­ground images SVG has always seemed like the log­i­cal choice of for­mat and, in my own work, would have been a more use­ful addi­tion than the cur­rent SVG sup­port that Fire­fox offers.