# svg native support

I have been extensively using LaTeX for technical documentation. To make drawings I often use inkscape and then convert them to .pdf. I was wondering, are there any plan in LaTeX community to natively support the SVG format?

I saw there is a possibility to include the SVG package. I did not try it but as I understood from manual it does exactly the same thing as I do: it calls inkscape, converts svg->pdf and includes the resulting image via pdflatex. I don't see any added value in that, as this only makes the document compilation longer and more complex.

• Welcome to TeX.SX! – Paul Gessler Jan 13 '15 at 13:18
• You mean, the possibility to write something like \begin{svg}\rect{x="10" y="10" height="100" width="100" style="stroke:#ff0000; fill: #0000ff"}\end{svg} and get a picture? That would be great! – Clément Jan 13 '15 at 13:40
• tikz uses a tex rather than than svg/xml syntax but implements many of the drawing primitives found in svg, bezier curves, fills, gradients etc – David Carlisle Jan 13 '15 at 13:56
• I think the question is asking about being able to do \includegraphics{<existing svg filename>} just as we do for .jpg, .png, .eps, etc. today. – Paul Gessler Jan 13 '15 at 13:59
• There is svg package, if you mean... – user11232 Jan 13 '15 at 15:09