SAN FRANCISCO (08/25/2000) - Sun Microsystems Inc.'s XML Technology Center has announced the beta release of its 2D graphics Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) generator software. The product is designed to help Java developers take advantage of the universal syntax of XML. The SVG format, currently being developed at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), describes 2D graphics in XML.
SVG is a plain text format that produces graphics files, which are usually smaller than similar JPEG or GIF files. Additionally, users can zoom in on any particular area of the graphic without distortion or degradation. Images can print at any resolution, and SVG also supports scripting and animation.
Because of the compatibility of Java and XML, the 2D graphics SVG generator lets Java applications export graphics to the SVG format. Users can import files into any editing or viewing tool that supports SVG.
Sun is also offering an SVG slide toolkit, a package of stylesheets that turn XML documents into an interactive SVG slide presentation.
Both the 2D SVG graphics generator and the SVG slide toolkit can be downloaded free of charge. http://www.sun.com/xml/ For more information on SVG, visit: http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/Overview.htm8