[Clipart] Does openclipart.org have invalid SVG content?

Alan Horkan horkana at maths.tcd.ie
Sat Oct 7 08:42:47 PDT 2006

On Fri, 6 Oct 2006, Ruud Steltenpool (svg.startpagina.nl) wrote:

> Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2006 23:02:12 +0200
> From: "Ruud Steltenpool (svg.startpagina.nl)" <svg at steltenpower.com>
> To: clipart at lists.freedesktop.org
> Subject: [Clipart] Does openclipart.org have  invalid SVG content?
> I've coded something that filters 'extra' namespaces out, to not choke
> the W3 validator (also add &doctype=SVG+1.1 to circumvent "error: no
> doctype"). I used that to validate a whole lot of openclipart.org
> content.  Please tell me whether something is wrong with my result, the
> W3 validator, or the SVG content. Let's fix SVG content on the web.
> I sent rejon the PHPcode that did this, so the rest of openclipart.org
> can be checked and to introduce a "only valid content will be added" policy?

I think only allowing valid content might be a little too strict.  A quick
sampling of those files showed me they had a lot of sodipoid bits in them.
Opening and resaving using a recent version of Inkscape will probably fix
most of the problems.  In the case of OpenClipart I think we may have a
few issues with particular authoring tools which might need to be fixed,
rather than expecting users to necessarily know or understand why their
file might be problematic.

I'd like to add to add a note to the guidelines about saving for "best
compatibility", which really means telling Inkscape users to save as
"Plain SVG".  Unfortunately the best compatibility option in Adobe
Illustrator rasterizes a lot of things and embeds them as images but
there are better intermediate options and the advice does generally apply.


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