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Six Things You Should Know about SVG in Your Browser

by | Dec 5, 2014

  1. SVG (scalable vector graphics) format support is a recently popular and important enhancement to the HTML standard that adds vector object scaling to all modern browsers. Vector scaling allows the display of lines (text, shapes, line drawings) to any resolution and zoom level without loss of clarity. The browser literally draws these geometric objects based on formulas rather than dots. It makes the document text and charts you view in your browser much sharper and more readable, even on the new, high resolution displays.
  2. SVG technology allows you to zoom, rotate, pan and scroll documents much faster without any need to reload from your server.
  3. All modern browsers now support SVG. This means companies can safely presume all their clients—whether they’re on a desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone or other device—can accept SVG documents. No installation or special support is required on the client side. This opens up a vastly greater audience for high quality document access and feedback.
  4. Where’s the magic coming from? What the experts are doing on the server matters—the SVG formatted documents as well as the HTML5, Javascript and CSS web page content have to be generated correctly to permit accurate, well-performing document display.
  5. The server side design also matters in order to provide much faster document download speeds (files can be much smaller) and increasing the document rendering capacity of the server. Memory requirements on the server should be diminished as well, allowing more
    simultaneous users. Finally, the curse of JPEG quality documents (JPEG is great for pictures but very poor for text) can be eliminated.
  6. Scanned documents and images may not be helped but they won’t be hurt Bitmaps like photos (PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF) are supported automatically. Your browser can seamlessly view both vector and bitmap images and documents.

All in all, SVG formatted documents will open up a lot of new possibilities for using generic web browsers to provide information of all kinds (particularly documents) on any kind of web-enabled device. Industry is already rapidly moving from applications that need to be installed and supported to HTML5 solutions. This is very attractive and desirable to both internal users and customers. Those who haven’t jumped aboard will need to make the transition soon.