SVG which stands for Scalable Vector Graphics are different than other image formats because they are XML based. Produced using XML documents, SVGs can be edited by using just a simple text editor. This is extremely useful for creating images based on a user’s choices, and also gives users the option of printing an image that is customized to them, making their experience more personal.
Printing SVG Files
It’s worth the time to learn how to print SVG files properly because it looks like they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
The SVG file standard was developed by the W3C (Worldwide Web Consortium) and while the specification was built more for the internet and web use it’s finding a place in the world of desktop publishing as well. Printing an SVG file is easier now than it has ever been.
However, despite additional support from web browsers, some common problems you may run into are images not scaling correctly or being incorrectly positioned for printing. Other problems with older browsers include unsupported file formats and printing of the actual XML file and not the images.
If you are having trouble there are simple steps that are simple and easy to do. First, you’ll need to update your web browser to the latest version. If you are using Internet Explorer, you may also want to use a more friendly SVG file browser such as Mozilla Firefox. Once you can view the image in your browser then choose the File > Print Preview to make sure the image will be printed correctly. If you have the latest browser and you’re still having problems printing SVG files then you may need to install a program that will allow you to view SVG files such as Inkscape. You can also edit and create SVG files for printing using Inkscape.
It seems that there are more and more uses for SVG files and printing an SVG file will be as common as printing a jpeg file. With this new standard for scalable vector graphics comes a few problems but those can easily be overcome. It seems that soon SVG files will be more and more common and will likely be a term as familiar as gif or jpeg in the near future.