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Mastering SVG

By : Rob Larsen
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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)
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Chapter 5. Working with SVG and CSS

This chapter will focus on the intersection between SVG and CSS. While JavaScript is the most powerful tool for working with SVG, SVG without CSS wouldn't be nearly as popular as it has become. SVG, as you've learned, is well-suited for the modern web and is often the best answer to an RWD question. Because of that, it's been wholeheartedly embraced by designers and developers for producing images for the web. 

This preference for SVG is a good one for the web as a whole and should be cultivated. This chapter will hopefully illustrate why. 

In this chapter, we'll learn about the following:

  • Using CSS background images
  • How to optimize data URIs for SVG
  • SVG sprites versus icon fonts
  • How the different ways of embedding SVG interact with CSS
  • Using common CSS properties to manipulate SVG
  • Using SVG-specific CSS properties to manipulate SVG
  • Basic CSS animations and transitions with SVG