There was some interesting discussion on Twitter about SVG sprites and their superiority to icon fonts. While I agree that SVGs are by and large superior, there are two crucial points that I feel icon fonts can present an advantage:
- Overall file size
- Internet Explorer support (but not the way you think)
This post is more confessional than anything else. As I mentioned in my post about what I want to learn in 2014, one of the things I wanted to learn more about was SVG – Scalable Vector Graphics.
Man, am I late to this party.
I will confess that until very recently, I really didn’t know much about SVG, and had not really explored it or understood it. I knew the basic idea that it was a web-native vector format, and they were scalable, but that was about it. I also knew that IE8 and below didn’t support it, and as my day job still requires supporting IE8, I kind of ignored it as ‘not usable’ right now.