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.

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.

tags: added: bug-migration
grey tomorrow (gtomorrow) wrote :

Hi - thanks for reporting this bug, I've manually migrated it to Inkscape's new
bug tracker on GitLab, and closed it here.

Please feel free to file new bugs about the issues you're seeing at .

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status: New → Invalid
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