Is there a way to save an Inkscape drawing so the layer information will not be removed? When I save the drawing as plain SVG and try to open it again in Inkscape, all layers are gone.

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    SVGs don't really support layers. One of the differences between an Inkscape SVG and a plain SVG while saving is that an Inkscape SVG can include some group level tags specific to Inkscape to tell Inkscape to treat that group as a layer. – Ananda Mahto Dec 21 '12 at 16:21
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    @AnandaMahto I came across this question, and it's a shame it doesn't have an answer (especially since you have found a workaround!). Would you mind posting it as an answer? That way people can identify it easier, and also upvote it. – Yisela Jul 22 '13 at 3:06
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    FWIW, The PDF format does support layers. A possible work-around for this would be to select the contents of each layer in Inkscape and group it before saving, then in CorelDraw, create a new layer for each group and then ungroup it. – WillAdams May 16 '14 at 12:59
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    SVG supports layers. They are just called “groups.” So you make a group tag and give it an id of “layer 1” and another group tag and give it an id of “layer 2,” etc. – Simon White Feb 3 '16 at 16:21
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    @WillAdams a layer in an Inkscape drawing is actually already a group. If you you inspect the drawing's XML, you can see that it has a special namespaced layer attribute so that Inkscape knows to treat it like a layer. – Scribblemacher Aug 8 '16 at 11:42

Actually DXF-format preserves layer-information. Although many other information is lost throught this way (f.e. fillcolors), and paths might have to be reconnected.

So the answer to this question (preserving layer-information) would be, to save and open as DXF, although it's not very satifying (other information is lost).

(Unfortunately I do not have enough Rep to comment on questions, otherwise I would have done that, instead of writing an answer)

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