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Chapter 19. Vector Markup Language

Chapter 19. Vector Markup Language

The way you present XML in browsers should not be limited to simple text. In fact, there are various initiatives to create graphics-based XML applications. We created graphical browsers in Chapter 11, “Java and the XML DOM,” and Chapter 12, “Java and SAX,” to use XML to display circles. I also discussed the W3C language, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), in Chapter 1, “Essential XML.” SVG has been around for a long time but has not been very widely implemented. Today, the most widespread graphics-based XML application is the Vector Markup Language (VML) from Microsoft. Besides being supported in Microsoft applications, VML is supported by many leading software vendors such as Autodesk and Macromedia.

Here's how Microsoft describes VML:


  

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