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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

The DOM interface to SVG

The DOM is an API for accessing, updating, creating, and deleting the elements, properties, and content of XML-based documents. This includes documents in related, but not strict XML, grammars such as the latest HTML specification. 

For the average developer, doing a ton of pure DOM manipulation is pretty rare these days. jQuery took care of that many years ago and it's never come back into fashion. I can say from experience that it's still useful to know how DOM manipulation works under the hood so that you can code yourself out of a bind when you run into something the library or framework you're using doesn't provide.

It also illustrates the possibilities of what's available when working with different technologies. It's one thing to have access to something that a library or framework author finds interesting, but if you're familiar with the underlying code, you're only limited by your imagination and what's available in your target browsers.

The SVG DOM builds...