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Subject: RE: A CGM Question: handling transparency

Hi/bonjour, Lofton, Benoît,
    Thanks for having taken time to discuss it while I was sleeping :-).
    I have two questions:
        - Lofton, you give me the way to do it with WebCGM, what about ATA Profile ?
        - Benoît, the way you use defs/use SVG with rect and circle is a kind of workaround, but the question is how to have the canvas transparent. Then you said that canvas in SVG are initialized to transparent black. As I am a user and more a computer scientist than a graphical art specialist, what is transparent black? This is said many times in SVG but I did not manage to find a definition.
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-----Message d'origine-----
De : Lofton Henderson [mailto:lofton@rockynet.com]
Envoyé : jeudi 28 août 2003 18:25
À : Benoit Bezaire
Cc : cgmopen members mailing list
Objet : RE: A CGM Question: handling transparency

Hi Benoit,
Hi Benoit,

At 12:16 PM 8/28/03 -0400, Benoit Bezaire wrote:
SVG 1.0 ... what is the background?  I.e., if you just have a simple file, <svg>...blah...blah...</svg>, what is the "...blah...blah..." drawn on or over?  You are much more involved with this than I, and I'm drawing a blank on the answer.  Is it well defined in the SVG 1.0 standard, or undefined (i.e., "nothing", transparent), or viewer-dependent?
[Benoit Bezaire] Yes, it is well defined.  A canvas in SVG 1.0/1.0 is always initialized to transparent black.  You can find more info at:

Thanks, that's the bit that I couldn't remember.

The WebCGM solution that I proposed earlier achieves that same effect -- choose the RGB-alpha colour model, and set BACKGROUND COLOUR to (0,0,0,0).


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