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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

Additional details on inline SVG in an HTML document

As you've already learned, using inline SVG is just about as straightforward as HTML markup and is often going to be the best (or only, in the case of interactive SVG) option for you to embed SVG into your documents. That said, as with anything on the web, there are always some edge cases, notes, and gotchas that you need to keep in mind when working with inline SVG. This section outlines two such concerns. The first is about trying to leverage the browser's cache and the other is to be aware of the potentially large increase in DOM complexity when working with SVG. 


Unlike an SVG image linked to as the src of an img element or referenced with CSS, inline SVG can't be cached and referenced on another page or different view of a single-page application. While there remains a performance benefit to minimizing the number of HTTP requests (which inline SVG does by dropping the need for a request to a separate SVG document), that's not...