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Recreational SVG

Mark Pilgrim: Inspired somewhat by Sam’s SVG graphics

I’ve certainly been having a lot of fun with SVG.  It fits in the rather mindless activity that I call recreational programming and works well with my preferred development environment.  Excellent for work avoidance.

The process is straightforward.  First I embed the original image into an SVG document.  Then I resize it, trace some of the major areas, replace some of the constructs with paths, adjust color and widths and positions to taste, and finally remove the original image.

Paths are simple plotting commands: Move, Lineto, Arc, and Cubic Bézier Curves are the most common.  I try to keep to Diophantine coordinates as much as possible, as most diagrams don’t need seven digits of precision.