Issues with publishing pottery drawings

Also known as “small details you should care about”.

You probably already have some drawings. It is very easy to export them to SVG using your drawing software (at least if you’re not using AutoCAD, but still it’s not very difficult to convert DXF to SVG).

You might think: “that’s all!”. After all, you have chosen the best format for publishing vector graphics on the web, your drawings can now be both viewed and downloaded at their best quality with very small file size. And this is true.

But you can do more, if you want. So, if converting to SVG was too difficult or time-consuming for you, it’s OK. Instead, if you are starting a new catalog and you want to explore the possibilities that SVG offers, this is for you.

File size

SVG files generated by vector graphics programs tend to be quite large, and their source is filled with extra attributes that are generally useless. It’s almost like creating an HTML page with a word processor like Microsoft Word or LibreOffice Writer.

There are two ways to keep the file size small:

  • use GZIP compression, that is supported by almost all viewers and editors, and generates files that have a very recognizable .svgz file extension;
  • tidy the SVG source using a program like Scour, that will remove empty XML tags, group entities with the same attributes, remove unnecessary decimal digits from vertex coordinates and other similar tasks that would be very tedious to do by hand.

The two can also be combined, of course. but tidying is more important, because it makes the SVG source more readable, better structured and less likely to contain useless data.