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Good point on responsiveness; perhaps layout could be HTML. I guess this is a bit black and white, but I’d rather embrace a single tech entirely and simplify the whole design, interactivity, etc process. Then tooling could be more easily reused; libraries would generate potentially complex SVG path vector components that would take a bunch of CSS hacks and :before/divs on divs.

To address the second paragraph; I have a feeling that the limitations of HTML/css influence to a degree some of the result UI design. If you look at some stellar native UI’s, there are many little details and also more complex interactions which would be very bulky to implement in a web app, with probably prohibitively bad perf. It’s hard to think of examples, but maybe the JetBrains IDE’s, CAD tools, MS office (their online versions use almost all SVG, at least in PowerPoint).

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