A proposal for a standard format for 2D vector graphics on the Web was submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) yesterday. Vector Mark-up Language (VML) supports high quality, editable graphics and was jointly submitted by Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Autodesk, Visio and Macromedia. Microsoft will include VML support in the next version of its Office suite, and in future releases of Internet Explorer and Windows.
The supporters believe their specification complements, rather than competing with the Precision Graphics Mark-up Language submitted to the W3C by Adobe. They claim VML is primarily used for creating graphics and exchanging them between applications, while PGML is optimised for delivering them to the end user client.
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