Google has announced that is going to start indexing SVG files. SVG, the acronym of Scalable Vector Graphics, is a XML based file format that is used to describe two-dimensional vector graphics.
Right now Google is indexing the following types:
- Adobe Flash (.swf)
- Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
- Adobe PostScript (.ps)
- Autodesk Design Web Format (.dwf)
- Basic source code (.bas)
- C/C++ source code (.c, .cc, .cpp, .cxx, .h, .hpp)
- Google Earth (.kml, .kmz)
- GPS eXchange Format (.gpx)
- Hancom Hanword (.hwp)
- HTML (.htm, .html)
- Java source code (.java)
- Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx)
- Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
- OpenOffice presentations (.odp)
- OpenOffice spreadsheet (.ods)
- OpenOffice text (.odt)
- Perl source code (.pl)
- Python source code (.py)
- Rich Text Format (.rtf, .wri)
- Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg)
- Text (.ans, .asc, .cas, .txt, .text)
- Wireless Markup Language (.wml, .wap)
- XML (.xml)
Advantages of SVG
Defining the image using text, instead of pixels as happens for example in JPEG or BMP files, drives to several advantages:
- SVG files are scalable, no matter how much you want to zoom it they are going to look perfect.
- SVGs, for the same reason as above, can be printed at any resolution without losing quality.
- It’s easier to adjust SVG files to different devices, like PC, iPad, etc.
SVG is a key feature for modern browsers. It seems like Google is preparing us to a new look of the Web. You can read more about at Webmaster Central Blog from Google.