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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

SVG sprites and icon sets

This section isn't strictly about CSS, but does discuss a replacement for a common CSS-driven solution for adding icons to applications so this seems such as the best place to discuss it. 

If you're reading this book you're probably somewhat familiar with the idea of icon fonts such as GLYPHICONS ( or Font Awesome ( If you're not, they are fonts that, instead of representing characters that can be read as language (as in, the characters that you're reading right now), they present different images that can be used as icons for a site or application. 

For example, you could create an interface for a video player using Font Awesome without having to design a single element. 

The following code sample shows what that implementation might look such as. In addition to Font Awesome, the following example uses Bootstrap styles.

The basic pattern for Font Awesome is to include the icons as an empty element. In this...