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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)
Title Page


In this chapter, you created a small application that allows you to add and edit SVG elements on a target SVG canvas. Working your way through this application, you learned about a wide variety of DOM features and functionality, including:

  • Two different ways to access DOM elements, using document.getElementById and document.querySelectorAll
  • How to insert SVG elements using document.createElementNS and appendChild
  • How to bind events to HTML and SVG elements using addEventListener
  • How to get, set, and remove CSS classes from an SVG element using the classList interface
  • How to manipulate common SVG properties using getAttribute and setAttribute
  • How to convert between the browser coordinate system and the SVG element coordinate system by using the getScreenCTM method to get the inverse of the Current user unit Transformation Matrix
  • How to set the text content of an SVG text element using  textContent

Together with the lessons you've already learned in this book, the lessons you learned in this...