I have a need for a utility to translate shapefiles to SVG images, and I’m thinking of writing my own. I’m aware of the one at carto.net. I don’t like that it requires shp2pgsql, though; there are native Perl modules for parsing shapefiles so there should be no need for external executables with their own prerequisites. Also, if I write my own I can put into it whatever features that I want… if they are within my capabilities.
If anyone stumbles across this post and has something that they’d like to see in such a utility, please leave a comment.