It would appear that Microsoft will finally take standards compliance in the browser world seriously, after dragging its feet for years. Back in November 2009, the Redmond giant already revealed that Internet Explorer 9 would come with CSS3 and HTML5 support, and now the cup runneth over, as Microsoft has requested to join the W3C’s SVG Working Group.
Every major browser has support for scalable vector graphics built-in – except, you guessed it, Internet Explorer. To get SVG support in IE, you need to download additional software, which of course isn’t an ideal solution for end users and developers alike. It seems as if Microsoft has finally seen the light, as it has requested to join the SVG Working Group.
“We recognize that vector graphics are an important component of the next generation Web platform,” writes Patrick Dengler, Senior Program Manager of the Internet Explorer Team, “As evidenced by our ongoing involvement in W3C working groups, we are committed to participating in the standards process to help ensure a healthy future for the Web. Our involvement with the SVG working group builds on that commitment.”
The SVG working Group has already responded in a very web-two-dot-oh kind of way by replying in the comments section of the post on the IEBlog. “On behalf of the SVG WG, let me welcome you to the group. We’re excited by your joining, and look forward to your participation… And hopefully SVG support in IE9!” writes Doug Schepers, W3C Team Contact for the SVG WG, “There is definitely room for improvement in the SVG specs, and some new features to make it even easier to author… Your help there will be really valuable.”
It seems like Microsoft is serious this time. The company has already been actively involved in the standards process surrounding HTML5, and had already indicated IE9 would support at least some HTML5 features, like the audio and video tags. In November 2009, CSS3 was added to that list, and even though the company didn’t actually confirm it, it’s pretty obvious SVG will be supported too.
Good times for the web!