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Internet Explorer Microsoft has sent an e-mail to a select number of its previous beta testers regarding the upcoming release of IE8 beta 1. "We are nearing the launch of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and we will be making it available for the general public to download and test. IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community, with the goal of gaining valuable feedback to improve Internet Explorer 8 during the development process."
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RE[5]: Comment by handy
by lemur2 on Tue 26th Feb 2008 22:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by handy"
lemur2
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err... no. SVG is a w3c standard, but it is not part of the HTML or XHTML spec.


Err ... OK, but it is nveretheless part of the W3C/IETF Standards.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W3C_standards#Standards

The W3C standards are meant to achieve "device independence" for accessibility of internet-based services:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Device_Independence
http://www.w3.org/2001/di/
http://www.w3.org/TR/di-princ/

Since we are talking here about all internet-based services to be accessible by all and sundry internet-connected devices, it makes sense that an independent body sets the applicable standards, as opposed to allowing control by any one vendor.

That means that the W3C, and not Microsoft, gets to say what is correct, and what is not, for internet-connected devices.

Since IE is part of an Internet-connected device accessing Inetrnet-based services, the the IE browser should indeed support SVG graphics, regardless if the SVG specification is part of HTML or separately specified.

Internet Explorer does not comply.

Edited 2008-02-26 22:28 UTC

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