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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

Authoring programs

All of the examples so far in the book have been generated by hand. In practice, as you'll learn throughout this book, SVG is often generated by software. Most of this book will look at creating and manipulating SVG using web-based tools and libraries, but SVG images can also be generated by desktop drawing applications. While working on the web, you will often work with SVG images that have been created by designers in applications, such as Inkscape (, Adobe Illustrator (, or Sketch ( These applications are wonderful because they allow non-technical designers to work with SVG to create images using advanced drawing tools.

While it's not a requirement for the rest of this book, I would suggest getting your hands on something you can use to author SVG in this way. While you want to learn how to work with SVG in a dynamic, web-based environment, it's great to have the option...