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.

About Angel Luis

I am an Engineer of Telecommunications that love computers. My first computer was a Commodore 16kb, about 25 years ago and since then I am always fighting computers problems. Please visit my entries and ask me about whatever problem you have, I will be pleased to help you. My email is discoveryourpc [at] gmail [dot] com. You can follow me on twitter @agenlu or read my blog www.discoveryourpc.net

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