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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 learned about visualizations and animations with SVG. This included working with pure JavaScript, SMIL, CSS, and two libraries for animation: GSAP and Vivus.

In this chapter, we looked at:

  • Creating a custom data visualization with JavaScript, SVG, and CSS. You took a data set, manipulated it with JavaScript, and used the results to create a nice looking visualization that illustrates a set of data in an easy-to-read way. 
  • Creating a custom SVG animation with JavaScript. This included calculating increments to animate over 60 frames-per-second and using requestAnimationFrame as a method to ensure that you're providing the smoothest possible experience. 
  • Animating SVG with CSS. You learned that the powerful options for animating SVG come with uncertain browser support. 
  • Animating SVG with SMIL, which also comes with uncertain browser support.
  • Animating SVG with the Vivus library, which makes implementing a "drawing" animation in SVG as easy as including the library and...