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March 9, 2015

Scalable Vector Graphics


Vector graphics are an efficient way to draw simple images, such as charts and diagrams. A common and web-supported format for vector graphics is the XML-based SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). The free and open source vector editor Inkscape saves files directly as SVG; other vector editors like Illustrator and Sketch can easily export files and elements to SVG. Because SVGs are XML, they can be embedded in a webpage’s HTML and modified using JavaScript. SVGs can also be natively animated. SVGs are supported by all modern browsers, including Internet Explorer 9 and up.