hmmm..... Food for thought:
I'm sure most people have a website thats designed for a specific interest, and thus appeals to a certain group of people. If my website could appeal to a whopping 10% of internet users, I would probably die happy. According to recent stats: (http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp
2005 IE 6 IE 5 Ffox Moz NN7 O 8 O 7
September 69.7% 5.8% 18.0% 2.3% 0.4% 0.9% 0.2%
If most people still use IE6 whats really the standard? SVG may be the future, but its not the now. If the avg person wants to see some kind of graph on your page, they would probably be pissed off with the 5mb download first. (I was).
It is harder to do some things in VML (Text manipulation), but the ability to copy and paste into the Office suite is an excellent bonus. Plus I can use VML in Outlook.
IE can render VML better than SVG. Plus it can render most things better as well. (Its just a shame its stuck in a proprietary technology mode.)
Sample VML render:
To sum it up. SVG holds alot of promise in the future, but right now it doesn't have too much appeal. Popularity defines the standard as I see it. Plus General appeal isn't usually the goal in a special interest website. So I'll stick with VML today, and see where SVG leads us.
3d VML Mario: