"Commitment" is one of the words that have never been used in this blog. Which is pretty impressive given that I've managed to use such words as sheep, llamas, raspberries, ninjas, donkeys, crack or woodchuck quite extensively (especially impressive in a technology centric blog).
That's because commitment implies that whatever it is one is committed to plays an important role in their life. It's a word that goes beyond the paper or the medium on which it was written. It enters the cold reality that surrounds us.
But today is all about commitment. It's about commitment that KDE made to a technology broadly refereed to as Scalable Vector Graphics. I took some time off this week and came to Germany where I talked about usage of SVG in KDE.
The paper about, what I like to call, the Freedom of Beauty, is available here:
It talks about the history of SVG in KDE, the rendering model used by KDE, it lists ways in which we use SVG and finally shows some problems which have been exposed by such diverse usage of SVG in a desktop environment. Please read it if you're interested in KDE or SVG.
Hopefully this paper marks a start of a more proactive role KDE is going to be playing in shaping of the SVG standard.