Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is like HTML for graphics. It is a markup language for describing all aspects of an image or Web application, from the geometry of shapes, to the styling of text and shapes, to animation, to multimedia presentations including video and audio. It is fully interactive, and includes a scriptable DOM as well as declarative animation (via the SMIL specification). It supports a wide range of visual features such as gradients, opacity, filters, clipping, and masking.

The use of SVG allows fully scalable, smooth, reusable graphics, from simple graphics to enhance HTML pages, to fully interactive chart and data visualization, to games, to standalone high-quality static images. SVG is natively supported by most modern browsers (with plugins to allow its use on all browsers), and is widely available on mobile devices and set-top boxes. All major vector graphics drawing tools import and export SVG, and they can also be generated through client-side or server-side scripting languages.

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