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Mastering SVG

By : Rob Larsen
Book Image

Mastering SVG

By: Rob Larsen

Overview of this book

SVG is the most powerful image format in use on the web. In addition to producing resolution-independent images for today's multi-device world, SVG allows you to create animations and visualizations to add to your sites and applications. The simplicity of cross-platform markup, mixed with familiar modern web languages, such as CSS and JavaScript, creates a winning combination for designers and developers alike. In this book, you will learn how to author an SVG document using common SVG features, such as elements and attributes, and serve SVG on the web using simple configuration tips for common web servers. You will also use SVG elements and images in HTML documents. Further, you will use SVG images for a variety of common tasks, such as manipulating SVG elements, adding animations using CSS, mastering the basic JavaScript SVG (API) using Document Object Model (DOM) methods, and interfacing SVG with common libraries and frameworks, such as React, jQuery, and Angular. You will then build an understanding of the Snap.svg and SVG.js APIs, along with the basics of D3, and take a look at how to implement interesting visualizations using the library. By the end of the book, you will have mastered creating animations with SVG.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Title Page

Getting started with D3

The D3 API can take some getting used to. The examples in this chapter will strive to illustrate some of the basic concepts as well as dive deeper as we move forward to show some of the best that D3 has to offer. 

Before we can do any of that, you need to get D3 into your page. To do so, you can use npm to install it into your project folder:

npm install d3

Once you've got it installed, you can link to the minified D3 source from your document using a script tag:

<script src="node_modules/d3/dist/d3.min.js"></script>

If you'd prefer not to use npm, it's also available to be linked to from directly:


Additionally, if you want a local copy, you can clone the project from GitHub (, or download the project from and then organize your files in any way you like. 

Once you've got the project installed, you're ready to start to explore the D3 API.



The following example...