SVG as a tool for Presentation and Communication in Business and Education

In business as well as in science and education it is very important to communicate information, facts and ideas well; to discuss what is presented.

SVG provides a powerful and rich language to describe presentational content. It allows interaction with the user and with the upcoming SVG 1.2 standard it opens the doors for cross client communication through network sockets. Thus, allowing the SVG applications to share data in realtime with other clients or applications, enabling the user besides viewing the presentation also to interact with it in a multi user environment.
Such a presentation is more than a simple collection of slides which are only one part of the whole presentation.
Other parts are the ability for the viewer to collaborate with others and contribute content to the presentation. This might be simple drawings or written content posted on the presentation. It could also be just annotations used by a viewer for himself for reviewing the presentation at a later point. Another example is an online discussion forum where the users not only write in reply to other posted messages but can actually comment on the presentation, "drawing" graphical and logical connections between what is presented and the posted content.
Interaction with the slide by the presenter is another factor. A simple switching from one slide to the next is extended by allowing the presentation to be used as a whiteboard with features more than just drawing with a pen.

The paper will examine and show the suitability of SVG as a tool for presentation and communication. It will discuss how presentation systems can be build using SVG, where users can interact and collaborate in a multi user environment. The paper will analyze how this interaction can be accomplished and what role SVG plays in it. Furthermore, it will look at the possibilities for using such a tool in education, workshops and online discussion forums.