"The PGML proposal solves a growing need for a precise specification that enables members of the Web community to readily and reliably post, control, and interact with graphics on the Web."
According to the announcement, PGML will be fully compatible with leading drawing and illustration programs such as Adobe Illustrator that are used by content creators, including graphic artists, enabling them to easily export vector graphics to the Web from their favorite graphics programs without loss of quality.
"PGML will allow CorelDRAW users to easily publish smaller, scalable vector images to the World Wide Web," said Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation.
One of the things I like best about PGML is its ability to contain searchable text--something no other graphics file format to date contains."
For end users of Web content, PGML offers faster download speeds, better graphics interactivity, resolution-independent printing, zoomable graphics, animation, and special effects without the need for plug-ins.
Because PGML is based on the same imaging model as Adobe PostScript language and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), few changes to existing applications are required to make them PGML authoring packages.
"We believe that PGML is an important step to making XML the preferred choice for publishing `print quality' documents on the Web," said Rod Smith, director of Internet technology for IBM.