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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

Serving compressed SVG

One of the most straightforward performance enhancements you can do when working with SVG is to compress gzip files when you serve them. While text files generally benefit from being gzipped when served to the browser, SVG is an especially important target because of the way that SVG images are used (often for the core interface) and because of the potential size of some of the files. You want your images to load fast, and SVG is no exception. 


Depending on what your platform is, this may be as easy as adding a few lines of code or checking a box in a dialog box. The next few sections show you how to implement this action on three common web servers. 

gzipping SVG on Apache

Where to place the following code depends on how your Apache instance is set up and what access you have to the server. Most people on shared hosting will be doing this in their .htaccess file. .htaccess is a special file in the server root that allows you to configure Apache behavior without having...