The increasing need to produce online documentation and meet users’ needs with visual user interfaces is being met by a timely convergence of web technologies. Scalable vector graphics (SVG) is part of HTML 5 and has considerable potential for producing hyperlinked infographics (‘hypergraphics’) for online help. SVG might sound like just another type of graphic, but a whole world of applications awaits those who venture into its secrets. Dave Gardiner will show just what this graphics format can do when combined with web technologies. For the past several years, he has experimented with SVG and finding ways to make it work for technical documents. Dave will take us through some interesting applications that show the format’s capabilities. High-quality technical graphics, interactive user documentation for visual-first user interfaces, and multilingual procedural videos are just three applications of this overlooked technology.
About the presenter
Dave Gardiner is a certified technical communicator based in Sydney, Australia. He has a passion for XML technologies and an interest in creating interactive visual documentation. His interest builds on over a decade of experience in technical and scientific document editing and redrawing. Dave has dabbled with visual design ever since he started life as a cartographer drawing maps on paper, and is excited by the nexus of art and technology. He has given several conference presentations and published articles on scalable vector graphics.