Conference and Exhibition

5th International Conference on Scalable Vector Graphics

Conference takes place in Tokyo, Japan, 4-7 September 2007Link to Japanese version

Opening keynote

Tatsuo headshotTatsuo Kobayashi, JUSTSYSTEM Digital Culture Research Center

Abstract: Nowadays, with the expansion of applicable fields of the Web technology, the requirements from various user communities are also rapidly increasing. The requirements are not only very diversified and widespread, but also sometimes in conflict with each other. To address such enormous requests with one consolidated solution is almost impossible, and sometimes ad Hoc and arbitrary solutions harm the consistency of the whole system itself. Even so, the information technology has the responsibility to serve to keep the diversity of cultures in the Cyber Space. From my personal bitter experiences, I would like to show the possibility of the harmonized solutions between diversity of the user communities and the technological experts.

  • Introduction and outline
  • A case study on Kanji encoding (Difficulty to harmonize the differences among Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan)
  • A case study on Khmer (Difficulty to let the natives know the state of the art technology without political bias)
  • A case study on Japanese Text Task Force (Difficulty to explain cultural dependent issues without jargons)
  • Requests and advice based on the experiences and case studies of the technological experts, especially W3C and SVG experts
  • Look at the diversity of cultural issues
  • Look at the diversity of target fields, especially the scalability issues

Biography: Tatsuo Kobayashi is the Director of Justsystems Digital Culture Research Center. He is also the current chairperson of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 2, in charge of the Universal Coded Character Set (ISO/IEC 10646). He has been playing the key player in the standardization and internationalization activity of coded character sets, as both a member of Japan National Body, and a member of Unicode Consortium. His expertise is not limited to the coded character issue, but widely applied to the cross field between culture and technology. One of his most prominent achievements is the organizing and managing of the Advisory Committee for ATOK (most successful input method for Japanese language).

Keynote: xfy - unlock the potential of SVG and XML for your desktop

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Hideki Hiura, JustSystems North America, Inc., CTO & Chief Scientist

Abstract: When an SVG engine meets the flexible and general XML compounding platform that provides bi-directional interaction with a user as an XML desktop foundation, SVG becomes an essential part of interactive application platform, and transcends what generally SVG is being used now. In this talk, we address how we designed general XML platform as a foundation for compounding XML vocabularies by illustrating its architectural uniqueness and how it empowers a user to employ SVG for building a variety of application.

Biography: Hideki Hiura is CTO and Chief Scientist of JustSystems North America, Inc. He is a founder and chairperson of Standards Group, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the use of free and open source software by developing and promoting standards. He is also a founding member of W3C I18N WG. As an architect at Sun Microsystems, he was involved with variety of standards and standard organizations including ISO, W3C, OMG, The Open Group, OSF, Unix International, X Consortium and Unicode.

Keynote: The next step - How Opera enables you to build rich internet applications for the web

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Erik Dahlström, Opera Software ASA

Abstract: This keynote's aim is to present the upcoming release of the Opera browser, which includes, among many other things, a rewritten and improved svg engine featuring both SVG Full 1.1 + SVG Tiny 1.2 support.

Biography: Erik Dahlström is the SVG team leader at Opera Software ASA, where he's been working as a software developer since 2001. He holds an MSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University (LiTH), Sweden. Since 2005 Mr Dahlström has been the primary representative of Opera Software on the W3C SVG Working Group.


Eugene headshotEugene Lazutkin, dojo.gfx; Sun Microsystems

Abstract: This keynote reviews the current landscape of the client-side web graphics, and presents dojo.gfx - the high-level graphics package for JavaScript developers. It explains what motivated the creation of dojo.gfx, what design decisions were made to construct the API, and what problems were encountered during implementation.

Biography: Eugene Lazutkin is a veteran software developer with Sun Microsystems. His professional interests include new technologies for high-performance web applications, visualization, and user interface design. He is a Committer at Dojo Toolkit - the Open Source project aiming to deliver a set of high-quality JavaScript libraries for professional web development. These days his main focus at Dojo is on graphics, and graphics-related development. Eugene Lazutkin spent years working on high-performance graphics with applications in oil & gas industry. In beginning of 2000s he developed general-purpose Internet-based GIS solutions. In his spare time Eugene enjoys programming for fun.

Closing Keynote

Eugene headshotSatoru Takagi, KDDI R&D Laboratories

Biography: Satoru Takagi is a researcher and developer at the KDDI R&D Laboratories where his research interests include Web Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and Web Mapping Systems. In 1996, he invented a distributed GIS which can overlay a map of graphic layers on the Web. The system's technology was incorporated into the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 specification and opened to the public. He is now developing and trying to standardize a new Web GIS and Web Mapping Platform using SVG and Semantic Web architecture, to enhance a human- and machine-understandable geospatial information system. His standardization activities has included participation in the W3C Geospatial Incubator Group as an Invited Expert, PlaceXML standardization for Japan Industrial Standard and ISO TC211.

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