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Internet Creator Unhappy With Microsoft Browser

September 11, 2008

The creator of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee, prefers not to express partiality among the various kinds of web browsers. However, even though he tries to remain neutral, Berners-Lee does have a problem with one: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Berners-Lee, who is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, expressed his opinion that Internet Explorer is lagging behind other browsers in how it deal with graphics for web sites.

“If you look around at browsers, you’ll find that most of them support scalable vector graphics,” Berners-Lee said. “I’ll let you figure out which one has been slow in supporting SVG.”

A Website icon that is programmed as a scalable vector graphic, or SVG, can be reformatted to fit the screen or zoomed into. SVGs can be used and viewed without becoming blocky and losing the quality of the image, as happens with pictures determined to be the traditional “bitmaps.” Maps are a prevalent use of SVG.

In response, Microsoft had this to say in a press release, “SVG support is something that we have been evaluating for some time. We recognize the demand for vector graphics from Web developers, and realize this is a high-priority demand.”

The issue is becoming more pressing for Microsoft.  On Jan. 1, 2009, Adobe will retire its support of the SVG plug-in. It is uncertain if it will be accessible for download after that date.

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