On top of the selective rendering of SVG's another feature that I promised to implement was the ability of rendering a SVG file/element into an arbitrary rectangle on the surface.
So one can have a SVG with some viewbox, that SVG can in turn have some element defined and one can have a surface with a whole different coordinate system and in that system have a rectangle on which the SVG element should be rendered. So in the picture it would look like this - SVG with an element mapped to another viewport with a custom bounding box.
Implementing it on top of selective rendering turned out to be rather simple. All we have to do is translate and scale (but we translate by the difference between the destination and mapped scaled coordinates of the source).
As always, I wrote a demo application to test it. In the application I have 4 SVG elements renderer at different locations within the same viewport and a circle with a radial gradient rendered on top of them. Here's how it looks:
What's pretty nice about all of this is that it makes styling applications using SVG's pretty simple. For example I wrote a simple application that renders a clock, clock is stylable via SVG. SVG contains five elements with four predefined id's "face", "minutes", "hours" and "seconds". The application loads those element into respective spots and renders them. I couldn't help myself so besides rendering them I'm dynamically generating correct shadows for SVG shapes defined in the style files. It really is pretty cool. Here are the screenshots (yeah, yeah, I didn't have any time to create really good looking SVG clocks so you'll have to live with one's I slapped together :) ).
Ideally I'd love to see applications that do custom rendering stylable in the same way. For example KOrganizer for the calendar view could easily load SVG file that defines the look of that view. This way before new KDE releases we wouldn't have to be manually changing the look of applications to match the style or make them seem more modern - we would just add a new SVG file and that's it.