Although not many versions have evolved since the launch of SVG 1.0 some years ago, SVG animation has witnessed several impressive and gradual change. Now, we are particular about the future of this digital media and technology.
Animating with CSS
SVG images look forward to being styled in the grandeur of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). CSS animation will see to it that HTML containing elements will be able to appear in animated styles. The selector and property names of the SVG elements are different from the conventional HTML’s. Thus, it will not follow the presentation style in the likes of opacity, fill, and stroke. The CSS has new specifications for styling properties that include content size and geometry properties that are not limited to the x, y, cx, cy, width and height planes; it furthers with the r plane, rx, ry, d, transform, etc.
The future presents to us, a possibility of CSS animations and animations that would be applied to the animable SVG properties. It allows users to have amazing interactions through the hovering of various elements that include the change of fill colors of an icon and the transformations between the second and third dimensions. This way, call to actions becomes easier for developers without cluttering up their website platforms or pages.
Line drawing effect
Line drawing effect is gaining creativity with the CSS effect on SVG. This unlimited creativity is spurned by the animation of two specific SVG properties that include the stroke-dasharray and stroke-dashoff. The stroke-dasharray makes it possible to transform solid line strokes into dashed lines with specific dash lengths and the spaces needed between them. The stroke dash-offset provides the possibility of changing the position of the dashes at points distant from the path’s length. The line drawing effect shows that there is no limitation to how drawings can be mimicked by lines using CSS and an SVG path.
Animating with SMIL
SMIL allows the animation of SVG contents with elements that allow scalar attributes and properties within time frames, convenient shorthand animate for non-numeric attributes and properties. It allows the movement of elements along a specific motion path.