SVG Essentials

SVG Essentials

Free SVG book from O’Reilly Commons. SVG Essentials opens the door to the rich language that underpins this emerging and fast-growing graphics language. Scalable Vector Graphics, which are described through text like a programming language and can be read on any computer platform with the appropriate viewer, hold great promise for the Web designer who knows how to take advantage of the latent power. This book helps to harness that power.


SVG Essentials introduces you to the Scalable Vector Graphics XML application. SVG, a recommendation from the World Wide Web Consortium, uses XML to describe graphics that are made up of lines, curves, and text. This rather dry definition does not do justice to the scope and power of SVG.
You can add SVG graphics to an Extensible Stylesheet Language Formatting Objects (XSL-FO) document, and convert the combined document to Adobe PDF format for high-quality printouts. Mapmakers and meteorologists are using SVG to create highly detailed graphic images in a truly portable format. All of the diagrams in this book were originally created in SVG before being sent to the art department at O’Reilly. As you learn and use SVG, you’re sure to think of new and interesting uses for this emerging technology.

Table of Contents

  • Getting Started
  • Coordinates
  • Basic Shapes
  • Document Structure
  • Transforming the Coordinate System
  • Paths
  • Patterns and Gradients
  • Text
  • Clipping and Masking
  • Filters
  • Animating and Scripting SVG
  • Generating SVG
  • Serving SVG Files

Book Details

Author(s): J. David Eisenberg
Format(s): HTML
Number of pages: 358
Link: Read online.

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