Scalable Vector Graphics
SVG is an open standard which has been designed with accessibility in mind, and which has garnered support from the likes of Adobe, Macromedia and others.
Most browsers on the market don't support the SVG format by default. For Windows and Macintosh users, we recommend you download and install the Adobe SVG Viewer . This will provide SVG support in Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera.
Note: Adobe has started bundling the SVG viewer with the latest versions of Adobe Reader
For users of Firefox, Mozilla or Netscape things are a bit more complicated. Some releases of these browsers have support for SVG built-in, but others don't. Quite often they won't recognise the presence of the Adobe SVG plugin.
If you have one of these browsers and it doesn't support the SVG format, you will need to download and install version 6.0 preview 1 of Adobe's Viewer software. When the software is installed go to the folder C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\SVG Viewer 6.0\Plugins and copy the files NPSVG6.dll and NPSVG6.zip to the plugins folder of your browser (e.g. C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins). When you restart the browser the plugins will be recognised and activated.
If you use the Opera browser, you will need to do something similar. Download the stable release of the Adobe SVG Viewer and from the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\SVG Viewer\Plugins folder copy the files NPSVG3.dll and NPSVG3.zip into the Opera plugins folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\Opera\Program\Plugins.
It should be noted that you can download for free a version of the Mozilla Browser (on which Netscape is based) with SVG support built-in . Downloads are available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Support for SVG on Unix-style operating systems also exists in the form of the Konqueror browser which supports SVG since version 3.2 using the KSVG KPart.
There are two important points to remember when copying SVG images into Microsoft Word. The first is that the images are copied at the scale at which they are being viewed. If you increase the size of the browser window the images will scale up accordingly. You'll want to copy the images at the largest scale you can to get a good reproduction when you print. Once scaled, right-click on any part of the image and select Copy SVG to copy it to the clipboard.
The second point is that when pasting images into Word you have to select Paste Special and in the dialog that appears select the bitmap format. If you just click Paste normally the textual source code will be pasted into Word instead of the image it represents.
There is a known issue with printing SVG images. In short, the Adobe SVG Viewer will only print a single page. By default this means it will print one page of the graphics at the view you've selected and omit the rest.
There are two workarounds. The first is to right-click on the SVG image and select the View SVG option. This will open the image in a new browser window on it's own. If you print from here the entire image will be scaled down to fit the paper size. This means all graphs will be printed, but quite possibly at too small a scale.
The second is to copy and paste the SVG image into a graphics program, and print it from there.