Anybody remember the brief love affair I had with SVG? Can you believe it was seven years ago now!?
My love for SVG withered due to lack of support for it. As I remember it the only browser you could use it with was IE and even then you had to manually download and install a plugin. It just wasn't really a viable technology at that time.
Skip forward 7 years and it's all changed. I realised this when I noticed a couple of things recently. Firstly, that Google was hosting the SVG Open 2009 conference ("SVG coming of age" it says). Secondly, that SVG was a part of the HTML 5 spec, which is getting a lot of press recently.
SVG isn't dead after all!
Last week there was a post on the Google Code Blog called SVG at Google and in Internet Explorer. If you're new to SVG or want a recap then it's well worth a read.
From what I can see SVG now has native support in the later versions of the "better" browsers, such as Chrome, Safari and Firefox, but not yet in Internet Explorer. This, for most of us I'd imagine, is what would make learning SVG a pointless exercise. If it doesn't work in IE then it's of no use. Let's face it.
However SVG Web works, what it does mean is that SVG is now becoming a viable tool. Which is great news as you can do some great things with it. One major application that springs to mind is charting. I did some demos on charting with SVG all that time ago, which I'll try and resurrect and bring up-to-date when I get the chance. Assuming there's interest out there?