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Inkscape by Bethany Hiitola

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Scalable Vector Graphics

What does Inkscape use? A completely different file format—one that is fairly complex in nature, but works well for the flexible nature of vector graphics. They can be edited within Inkscape and can be opened in a text editor and edited at an XML code level. Inkscape uses Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), a vector-based drawing format that incorporates some basic principles:

  • A drawing can (and should) be scalable to any size without losing detail
  • A drawing can use an unlimited number of smaller drawings used in any number of ways (and reused) and still be a part of a larger whole

More specifically, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML-based file format for describing two-dimensional vector graphics. The specification defines ...

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