The World Wide Web Consortium today released the first public working draft of the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) specification. The purpose of this publication is to encourage public comments and contributions. SVG is written in XML, which up to now has mainly been used for text. This draft is the first step in the development of a vendor-neutral, cross-platform and ubiquitous Web-specific format for XML vector graphics. Current members of the W3C SVG Working Group are key industry players who brought their graphical and Web expertise to the design of this specification. In alphabetical order: Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Corel, HP, IBM, Inso, Macromedia, Microsoft, Netscape, Quark, RAL, Sun, and Visio. Following W3C’s practice, the SVG Working Group provides a public mailing list ( for comments in addition to the feedback channels defined by the W3C Process.