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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

Working with Snap.svg

Snap.svg is an SVG utility library from Adobe authored by Dmitry Baranovskiy. It is relatively full-featured, has a friendly, easy-to-explore API and is open source.  Development on this library has slowed recently, but it's still a useful tool and one you should be aware of if you're exploring a general purpose SVG library. 

Let's get started. 

Getting started with Snap.svg

Snap.svg is available on npm, so by far the easiest way to get started with Snap.svg is to install it using npm:

npm install snapsvg

It's also available for download directly from the website,, and is also available to download or clone from GitHub,

Once you've done that, it's as easy as including the snap.svg-min.js from node_modules or the downloaded folder, and you're ready to start using Snap. 

In this first example, we load Snap into the document and then go through some Snap basics loading up the Snap API and manipulating some SVG...