The Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format developed by a consortium of companies such as Adobe, Apple, and Macromedia, has been given the greenlight by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The format lets designers create vector graphics that appear perfectly in Web browsers. SVG is also an open format, says Adobe, and is based on an XML-like engine that makes it usable by developers as well.
SVG has the advantage of being able to be deployed on the Web much the same wasy as business data and text - dynamically. It also lets text within vector art to be searched and indexed, and can be tied to databases, CSS, SMIL, and other metadata.
"Web designers have requirements for graphics formats that display well on a range of diffferent devices," said W3C director Tim-Berners Lee. "Scalable Vector Graphics are the key to providing rich, reusable content for the Web. At last, designers have the open format they need to make professional graphics not only work visually on the Web, but perform as searchable, reusable Web content."