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vector graphics

[′vek·tər ¦graf·iks]
(computer science)
A computer graphics image-coding technique which codes only the image itself as a series of lines, according to the cartesian coordinates of the lines' origins and terminations. Also known as object-oriented graphics.
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vector graphics

(graphics)
(Sometimes called "object-oriented" graphics, though it's nothing to do with object-oriented programming). The representation of separate shapes such as lines, polygons and text, and groups of such objects, as opposed to bitmaps. The advantage of vector graphics ("drawing") programs over bitmap ("paint") editors is that multiple overlapping elements can be manipulated independently without using differenet layers for each one. It is also easier to render an object at different sizes and to transform it in other ways without worrying about image resolution and pixels.
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vector graphics

The representation of a digital image as points, lines and other geometric entities. All computer-aided design (CAD), drawing and diagramming programs create vector images (see graphics formats).

Vector graphics and "bitmapped graphics" are the two fundamental structures for digital images (see graphics for basic concepts). However, vector images are very space efficient compared to bitmapped images, and they maintain all their detail when zoomed in and out because they are rendered in real time. For an example of vector coding, see SVG.
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The given example contains the documents of Figure 3 and an additional mind map with a completely-synchronized instance of the vector graphics object.
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W3C has been developing an architecture, for Web Services which takes into account the needs of users as well as technology vendors, pursuing the development of open standardized components for Web Services, as it has done for HTML, the XML family of technologies, Scalable Vector Graphics, and Voice-Web technologies.
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Another of the major changes in the new version is the addition of vector graphics capabilities, a toned-down version of those available in Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia's own Freehand.
The target vector format (DXF) is supported by most CAD applications that use vector graphics. The software also includes viewing tools, giving users the ability to zoom, scroll, and correct color on their designs.
ILOG have today announced the new JViews Component Suite 3.5 with support for scaleable vector graphics (SVG), the graphics language based on XML.
Finally, the panel fielded quest ions related to the relevancy of formal standards developing organizations in light of establishment of web-based XML specification repositories, and the relationship of the standards discussed to the Scalable Vector Graphics specification.
With standards such as Scalable Vector Graphics and new tools such as Go Live from Adobe, the words "web" and "design" can be used in the same sentence with a straight face.