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1 Week 3

1.1 Topics covered

  • Using SVG within HTML5
  • Crash course on HTML5 (if needed)
  • Creating simple static SVG
  • SVG in HTML5
  • Dynamic SVG (if time, else on week 4)
  • Recall of XML principles (well-formed XML)

1.2 Teaching materials, software and reference manuals

(1) SVG Tutorials
(2) HTML Tutorials (if needed)
(3) SVG-Edit online software
(4) Free SVG drawing tools you can install on your computer
  • Inkscape Powerful, but more difficult drawing tool (export as "pure" SVG before pasting into HTML5)
  • DIA, a popular open source diagramming tool can import/export SVG (Win/Mac/Linux). There are also portable app (Windows) and zip versions
(5) Free SVG clipart

1.3 Classroom activities

1.3.1 Monday

Example code that you can copy / paste into an editor

<!doctype html>
    <title>HTML5 SVG demo</title>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8" />

    <h1>HTML5 SVG Demo</h1>
    <p> A nice green circle:</p>

    <svg id="circle" height="100" xmlns="">
      <circle cx="30" cy="30" r="30" fill="green" />

1.3.2 Wednesday
  • Discussion about the mid-term exam (Wed week 5)
  • Demo of the Inkscape SVG editor (if it works in the computer room)
  • The Eisenberg SVG essentials book (SVG Essentials, wiki version)
  • Static SVG continued (parts of the Static SVG tutorial)
  • Dynamic SVG (if time left)

1.4 Homework 3

  • Create an HTML5 page with some interesting contents
    • You may copy/paste from the text from some other source under the condition that do not violate any copyright and that you cite the source.
    • You may keep the HTML very simple (ie. only use h1 and p tags)
  • Add illustrations made with SVG. You must create a least one simple drawing yourself. For the additional pictures, you are allowed to copy/paste free SVG code, e.g. from or you can draw them yourself.
    • Pictures should have an appropriate size
    • Small pictures should either float to the left or to the right.
  • Submit the file to the worldclass room.

Main resource: Using SVG with HTML5 tutorial

Due: Monday week 5 (before start of class)