Scalable Vector Graphics

Also known as: SVG

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a language developed by Adobe for describing two-dimensional graphics in XML.

SVG allows for three types of graphic objects: images, text, and vector graphic shapes. SVG graphics can be made both interactive and dynamic. The main advanctage of SVG is that it allows users to create images using vectors instead of a grid (which is used in formats such as JPEG, PNG and GIF); this means that some otherwise complex images can have a very small file size, and also that pictures retain their smooth lines no matter how far a user zooms in, without ever showing blocky edges.

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Last updated 10th September 2009, 08:33 BST