A first draft tutorial on taking a flash effect and converting it to svg shows how small svg animation code is – whole thing is around 1000 letters or 1K download time. It takes a moment on the tutorial to download because it is being delivered using a flash plugin.
What animation accomplishes on a page is it focuses the users attention, in the example next to the brand name. To embed this into an inline html5 one takes the information starting at the <svg> tag and ending at the </svg> tag. The inline animation does not need to go back to the server and download a large swf file. It is as instantaneous as a animated graphic but interactive like flash and with the high quality vector graphics … True type fonts put bit map fonts to shame the same way vector graphics puts bit map graphics to shame.