What is an SVG and what properties does it have?

SVG stands for "Scalable Vector Graphics" and is an XML-based, open graphics format that is used to display two-dimensional vector graphics. SVG graphics are scalable, which means that they can be rendered in any size without losing clarity or quality. This distinguishes them from raster-based image formats such as JPEG or PNG, which can degrade when scaled.

The most important features and properties of SVG are

  1. Vector-based: SVG graphics are described using geometric shapes such as lines, curves, circles and polygons. As they are vector-based, they can be rendered in any size without losing quality.
  2. XML format: SVG graphics are written in XML (eXtensible Markup Language), which means that they are stored in a human-readable text format and can be easily interpreted by software applications and web browsers.
  3. Interactivity: SVG supports the addition of interactivity and animation to graphics. This enables the creation of animated diagrams, charts, maps and interactive web content.
  4. Text support: SVG enables the integration of text into graphics, making SVG graphics particularly suitable for creating diagrams and infographics.
  5. Scalability: SVG graphics automatically adapt to the screen size, which makes them ideal for use in responsive web designs.
  6. Accessibility: SVG can be used for accessible web content, as texts in SVG graphics can be recognized by screen readers.

SVG graphics are used in a variety of use cases, including web design, data visualization, animation, icons, logos, maps and more. They are particularly useful when it comes to displaying clear and high-quality graphics on websites and in applications, regardless of screen size or resolution. The ability for interactivity and animation also makes SVG attractive for creating engaging and dynamic web content.

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