What is SVG?
- SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics
- SVG is used to define vector-based graphics for the Web
- SVG defines the graphics in XML format
- SVG graphics do NOT lose any quality if they are zoomed or resized
- Every element and every attribute in SVG files can be animated
- SVG is a W3C recommendation
Advantages of using SVG over other image formats (like JPEG and GIF) are:
- SVG images can be created and edited with any text editor
- SVG images can be searched, indexed, scripted, and compressed
- SVG images are scalable
- SVG images can be printed with high quality at any resolution
- SVG images are zoomable (and the image can be zoomed without degradation)
Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari support inline SVG.
Embed SVG Directly Into HTML Pages
In HTML5, you can embed SVG elements directly into your HTML page:
<svg width="300" height="200">
<polygon points="100,10 40,198 190,78 10,78 160,198"
Try it Yourself »
To learn more about SVG, please read our SVG Tutorial.
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:
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