The advantages of SVG arise from the combination of the vector format of the images and the XML format of the data file itself. By putting the data in a format that provides a structure for both data and metadata, and which has a standardized language that is largely platform-independent, the developers of the SVG format have created an impressive jump forward in the usability and functionality of image files.

Because the XML structure of the file allows for metadata and other elements beyond image information alone, the format allows data to be a little less dumb.405

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