What is SVG?
- SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics
- SVG is used to define graphics for the Web
- SVG is a W3C recommendation
The HTML <svg> Element
The HTML <svg> element (introduced in HTML5) is a container for SVG graphics.
SVG has several methods for drawing paths, boxes, circles, text, and graphic images.
<svg width="300" height="200">
<polygon points="100,10 40,198 190,78 10,78 160,198"
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Differences Between SVG and Canvas
SVG is a language for describing 2D graphics in XML.
In SVG, each drawn shape is remembered as an object. If attributes of an SVG object are changed, the browser can automatically re-render the shape.
Canvas is rendered pixel by pixel. In canvas, once the graphic is drawn, it is forgotten by the browser. If its position should be changed, the entire scene needs to be redrawn, including any objects that might have been covered by the graphic.
Comparison of Canvas and SVG
The table below shows some important differences between Canvas and SVG:
To learn more about SVG, please read our SVG Tutorial.
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