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Old 01-14-2008, 06:31 AM
Albert Hopkins
Default RANT: WTF does a *SPREADSHEET* need SVG and unicode?

On Sun, 2008-01-13 at 22:49 -0500, Walter Dnes wrote:
> SVG is an OpenSource replacement for Schlockwave-Trash, to be used for
> creating singing/dancing webpages.

SVG actually has (very) little to do with shockwave. It's a graphics
format, like JPEG or PNG, but is vector instead of raster. Most of the
icons used these days are SVG icons. The default GNOME theme uses SVG.
Gnumeric, for example, uses SVG to render charts. Unless you're on a
text console or your desktop is ugly you're likely using SVG.

> Unicode is great if you're building
> a desktop for use in the library room of the United Nations. There is
> no real need for it on a single-language desktop machine.

Unicode is pretty much a de-facto standard these days. Just today I
read a (English) Changelog that had Unicode (UTF8) characters in it.
Most editors, even Vim, save to UTF8 by default (if supported by your
locale). Might as well get used to that one too.


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