Linked by Christian F.K. Schaller on Tue 23rd Mar 2004 19:25 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Computer graphics have long been dominated by bitmapped images. However, the free software community has taken an innovative lead by adopting scalable graphic formats on its desktops. Inthis article I cover the history and rise of scalable graphics on the desktop from my angle - as a proponent of its use in the GNOME platform. This article mostly focuses on SVG's progress from a GNOME point of view, both because GNOME has progressed the furthest and because I am most knowledgable with GNOME's efforts. I will however mention major landmarks in other projects where appropriate.
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good work
by theorz on Tue 23rd Mar 2004 21:41 UTC

Thanks to all the svg developers.

Being able to scale the desktop is a big thing for useability. For people like my father it will make a huge difference. He used 800x600 on a 17" monitor, and now uses 1024x768 on a 21" monitor. Anything smaller and he has trouble reading it. This kind of makes lcd monitors useless to him since their native resolutions are way to high for him. I look forward to the day when monitor resolution and window size are not tied together.

On a similar note I wish there was a may to scale webpages better. Like how you can zoom in opera, but done automatically based on you dpi. Right now websites are the prime offenders of not scaling well, and even if the rest of the desktop scales perfectly it could still be ruined by some jackass that thinks -2 is a readable font size.