Linked SVGs appear as (awful) bitmaps

Bug #1786943 reported by John on 2018-08-14
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Bug Description

Exactly what it says on the tin. Inkscape 0.92.2, and all others so far as I can tell.
Linking SVGs results in a bitmap with horrific resolution instead of a linked vector graphic.

Adding a linked SVG requires creating the XML from scratch or editing a different linked image URI to point to the SVG file, so I imagine I'm going to hear "it's unsupported." It's part of the SVG spec though, and it's a critical feature to anybody trying to use inkscape to lay out plots and figures for scientific use. As a figure gets revised the plot itself is updated many times, but the associated numbering/lettering/callouts stay the same - it's a textbook embedding use case.

Benjamin (bdekoz) wrote :

See this SO post for more details about the SVG spec, and the inkscape implementation.
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5451135/embed-svg-in-svg

In short, the <g> embed </g> works, as well as the layering trick.

But just <image src="foo.svg"> is rendered at screen resolution, sadly.

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