I just uploaded [[Image:X client server example.png]]. That's a little
network diagram done in Inkscape. So the native form is SVG, which is
highly editable and thus makes some sense as a work to distribute under the
GFDL - the SVG is the source code, the PNG is just a rendering.
But I can't upload SVG. Is there a good reason for this, or is it just that
no-one thought of it?
(SVG is just XML text - I don't know of a way to include malware.)
This goes for other image formats - GIMP, Illustrator, etc. For resources
under a license that allows editing, it would make sense to allow upload of
the source version.
I posted a message about this to the Village Pump but got no replies,
so either I'm making no sense or everybody agrees with me (perhaps
My proposal was to prompt for specific information on the file upload
form for photos, such as Location, Country, Date and some technical
information. All of this information could then be embedded into the
file page, and displayed with the photo. I think this would help in
categorising the photos, gives some information to users in all
languages, and at some future point could allow for searching by
country/date/photographer etc. Given the amount of meta-data digital
cameras now save automatically with each photograph it seems daft not
to use it.
I did a quick mock-up of what I mean at
although the forms are not interpreted.
Is there a way to subscribe to this mailing list as a newsgroup? I know
that WikiEN-l and Wikipedia-l have that feature, but I can't find any
mentions of it for this the Commons mailing list.
Josh Gerdes (User:JoshG)