[Clipart] clipart.freedesktop.org and OpenOffice.org

Jonathan Phillips jon at rejon.org
Thu Apr 8 18:14:24 PDT 2004

libwmf plus info on WMF: http://wvware.sourceforge.net/libwmf.html

About wmf: Windows Metafiles (wmf) files are common in the windows
world. Basically they are a recording of the windows gdi (graphic)
calls. They consist of a list of calls to such graphic primitives as
LineTo, Polygon, Rectangle, etc. And as such as inherently a vector
based format.

Well, at the same time as SVG might not be a standard, there is
something standardizing about pushing it as a standard for our project,

I think the more important is having vector mother formats and
convertors for ppl to use to more reductive formats. And in the future,
a standard bitmap format can be decided for photos/images that can't
really be expressed in a vector format. (Aiming at developing a policy
of sorts here...)

SVG and WMF both are vector formats, so that is more important for
conversion to other reductive formats (which i thought was a bitmap
format b4 I did my homework ;)


On Thu, 2004-04-08 at 18:00, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Thu, 8 Apr 2004, Jonathan Phillips wrote:
> > I think that a subordinate interest for this project too should be to
> > develop and/or seek-out conversion scripts between file formats.
> > 
> > Inkscape and SodiPodi can both convert from SVG to PNG and can run
> > headless from the commandline to do this.
> > 
> > To be honest though, WMF is not a dominant file format like an industry
> > standard like TIF or JPG.
> Well, in the sense that DOC is a defacto standard for word processing,
> similarly WMF is kind of a defacto standard for clipart.  SVG is kinda
> like where PNG was 5 years ago - yes it's an open standard supported by
> the industry, but it's certainly not universally supported yet.  Heck,
> even a lot of apps that support SVG don't support 100% of the standard
> SVG features yet.
> Bryce
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Jon Phillips
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