Vector Graphics: The New Standard

Images on your computer get more detailed the smaller they get. However, unless you haven’t saved the scaled image yet, image quality goes down when you try to blow them up again. In current website design doctrine, this disadvantage in most image formats (like JPEG and PNG) can seriously limit a website’s potential, notably ones for mobile.

Here’s where an unsung type of file comes in: the scalable vector graphics (SVG) format. SVG became a standard for website design in 2011 due to its impressive array of benefits, one of which is high-quality images or prints at any resolution (hence the term “scalable”). Other types of images are raster graphics, which consists of pixels you can clearly see when zoomed in.

SVGs can also be embedded on HTML and CSS codes. This allows the website containing vector graphics to load faster than one with raster graphics because the browser doesn’t have perform a server request to load images. All web designers need to do is embed it as an SVG tag on the code.

Some web designers prefer SVG over its close rival, Flash, since the former is an open source element. This means anyone can use it for personal or business compared with Flash, which is proprietary. Given its status as a web design standard, SVG can be compatible with other web design systems such as XSL.

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