I tried compressed plain SVG (.svgz), the files are smaller and it looks the same than the regular .svg. Is there any downside? Can I use always .svgz?

  • this isn't really a design question. It's a browser support question. Use SVGZ if the browsers you are targeting support it. – DA01 Apr 22 '17 at 21:18

.svgz are simply gzipped svg files. The only caveat in their use is that the web-server delivering them has gzip enabled and is able to correctly set gzip headers.

All (well IE8+!) browsers support the format itself

We're venturing into stackoverflow territory here, but enabling gzip on your server is likely as easy as pasting this into .htaccess:

<ifModule mod_gzip.c>
 mod_gzip_on Yes
 mod_gzip_dechunk Yes
 mod_gzip_item_include file .(html?|txt|css|js|php|pl)$
 mod_gzip_item_include handler ^cgi-script$
 mod_gzip_item_include mime ^text/.*
 mod_gzip_item_include mime ^application/x-javascript.*
 mod_gzip_item_exclude mime ^image/.*
 mod_gzip_item_exclude rspheader ^Content-Encoding:.*gzip.*

PS - Also check out SVG scrubber which is very cool.

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