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Designing SVG Web Graphics by Andrew H. Watt

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SVG, SMIL Animation, and SMIL 2.0

As I indicate in the preceding section, SVG derives four of its five declarative animation elements from SMIL Animation. SMIL, by the way, is the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language. A W3C Recommendation for SMIL 1.0 was issued on June 15, 1998, and is at http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-smil. The SMIL Animation specification is, at the time this book was written, still in the W3C Proposed Recommendation stage. The latest version is at http://www.w3.org/TR/smil-animation. Also under development is the SMIL 2.0 specification, also a Proposed Recommendation. The latest version is at http://www.w3.org/TR/smil20.

SMIL Animation is the most important of these three specifications as far as understanding SVG animations ...

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