[IAEP] svg animations, no?

Lucian Branescu lucian.branescu at gmail.com
Sat Aug 29 05:07:53 EDT 2009

Your best bet is using a browser runtime, like hulahop. Gecko has good
support for SVG, but without SMIL. You'll have to use JavaScript for

Right now, the only runtime I know of that can run SMIL is Opera, and
that one is useless (because it's closed source). You could use
Fakesmile (http://leunen.d.free.fr/fakesmile/) for other browsers, but
it's rather slow.

2009/8/29 Bill Kerr <billkerr at gmail.com>:
> thanks for information, tony
> What I stress to my students initially is the strong underlying rationale
> for knowing more about SVGs. Some of the points I go over with them more
> than once are:
> animations are fairly easy to achieve (SMIL or Synchronised Multimedia
> Integration Language is part of SVG)
> it offers a path into some core web techniques and standards: XHTML, CSS,
> JavaScript and SVG
> It's mathematical - both simple co-ordinate systems and more complex maths
> such as bezier curves. I like the fact that art can be done with maths
> good free open source software is available, eg. inkscape
> the small size (low bandwidth) and scalability of SVG graphics means they
> have a big future, eg. in the mobile phone industry
> images are scalable
> There are some very interesting essays and SVG examples at this dev.opera
> page (view these pages using Opera browser)
> ie. I see a strong educational rationale for teaching more about SVGs (this
> first occurred to me when reading Tim Berners Lee's book "Weaving the Web"),
> but confess to my lack of success in persuading anyone else at all about
> this :-(
> btw my year 10 students are enjoying the challenge to make their own icons
> to replace the XO icon - I'll be posting some of their icons soon
> On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 1:57 PM, <forster at ozonline.com.au> wrote:
>> > > > Sugar uses librsvg to render all SVGs, I'm not sure which are the
>> > > > capabilities of this library regarding animations.
>> http://osdir.com/ml/gnome.lib.librsvg.devel/2008-07/msg00003.html
>> "Animation is going to be a lot of work, and I'm not sure
>> that I'd want it in librsvg. It's a very good, fast static SVG
>> rendering library, and I'd like it to stay that way."
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