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The SVG spec has been around for so long, but the fact that it competed directly with SWF held it back. Adobe was a major proponent of SVG until they bought Flash and focused their efforts accordingly.

Although SVG is "readable" in a text editor, all but the simplest shapes are extremely complex and require the use of graphics editors such as Inkscape. Vector formats are definitely the future for source images as they can generate any size bitmap you need for any device. However, as a delivery format, SVG will likely be relegated to niche and specialized sites (e.g. data visualizations and animations) for quite a while.

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