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Designing SVG Web Graphics Paperback – September 15, 2001
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From the Publisher
Ahh, now heres something: An SVG book (if you havent heard about SVG yet, you probably will, and soon) for the non-programmer. For pure web designers, and for designers who do development (Right-brained coders? Left-brained designers? Can engineers be poets? Can artists build monuments?). Enigmatic, maybe; bound-to-be-welcomed by those tired of gray coding references? Might well be the case.
Every web designer and developer at least needs to be aware of SVG and the benefits of using this new W3C standard for creating and implementing graphics with XML. Scalable Vector Graphics is a tool that you deserve to know how to use as needed, just like developing with Flashs proprietary SWF format is a tool you likely need in your design/development toolbox.
The biggest thing to remember is this: As a developer or designer, you probably DONT want to embrace one format to the exclusion of the other. Neither one is going away, and each has its distinct advantages, depending on what you need to do and how you want to accomplish your development goal.
Andrew Watts Designing SVG Web Graphics is 600 pages of all you need for understanding, designing with, and painlessly mastering SVG in your web design and development work. It looks terrific, its easy to follow, its NOT for idiots, and its written by one of the few people in the world whove been developing with SVG since it first appeared and who can teach it to designers and coders just becoming familiar with it.
From the Back Cover
Using a heavily illustrated, step-by-step style, Watt aims to ease designers into a more analytical, programming approach to graphics without losing the appeal of form and design. The change in mindset required of graphic designers in exploiting "visual components" is explained clearly and practically. While presenting real-world examples of design tasks (such as creating a logo, navigation bar, or a full web page), Watt embeds sidebars, notes, and tips to convey the strict programming portion of the process. This makes it easier for the reader to balance the formality of the SVG code with the functionality of the design.
The book assumes no prior knowledge of SVG and provides the foundational information for the reader to grasp the key concepts.
In addition, and importantly, it contains source code for all of the SVG images and animations created in the book. This educates the readers in how SVG works and lays a foundation for their own experiments.
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Don't be afraid of the age of this book. Once you get your svg documents working in a modern browser (check modern tutorials on the web for that), all the relevant code in this book will work just fine.
Now imagine the same thing happening in Web graphics. A text-based graphics format, with source open for all to learn. SVG, as an application of XML, brings the potential of data-driven graphics to the Web. The graphic is the data and the data is the graphic, cutting out all middle layers.
This is not a book about pretty pictures, although it is well illustrated. It is code-centric and by necessity focuses on SVG tags and attributes.
The author expertly leads us in easy steps. The book is surprisingly easy to read. The author often changes tempo, removing us for a moment from the code and infusing a relaxed perspective, despite his obvious enthusiasm for this technology.
The author assumes a basic understanding of XML syntax and some knowledge of applied cascading style sheets (CSS). XLink and XPointer are covered only to the extent necessary for linking in SVG, for instance. CSS, designed for XML applications as much as for HTML, is used from the very beginning, displaying once again the ability of CSS to multiply the power and flexibility of any tagging system it is joined to.
The typography of the book, and the modest but effective use of color, contributes to the clarity of the exposition. The beginner should be aware that to follow along in the book, it is necessary to download freely available graphics tools and browser plug-ins almost 7 megabytes in total.
SVG is a graphics format unlike anything you have ever seen. It has not yet taken center stage in Web development -- but it will. Will you be ready or will you be playing catch up?