Generally speaking, the hype around Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) began almost immediately after the W3C assembled the SVG Working Group, led by Chris Lilley, and announced the standard. This happened back in 1998. By the way, this event did not happen spontaneously: it was preceded by two more announcements.
The first is the Vector Markup Language (VML) format, which was introduced in the same 1998 to the W3C by a number of companies, among which Microsoft was listed along with Macromedia. Continue reading