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Most of the new "options" they open up are still not ready for prime time.

I had an article in MSDN Magazine promoting SVG graphics 10 friggin' years ago, and it made use of inline SVG and JavaScript animations, to fantastic effect. Since then I've used SVG in countless places, with very little downside. The major problem are some laggard browsers, but if you have a supporting browser neither inlining and script are a problem whatsoever.

SVG is one of those technologies where many (such as myself) overestimated the short-term impact, and under-estimated the long term impact. As a technology it was usable and enormously powerful in some situations ten years ago, but it is really just starting to gain serious inertia.




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