I am using Inkscape 0.92.1 (4.20170510bzr15686.fc26) on Fedora 26.

To verify the issue, I also exported the SVG in Inkscape, but both files are rendered incorectly on my system.

Original SVG: https://cdn.rawgit.com/rugk/streetcomplete-quest-svgs/7098e53fbc2d7c4ab737c2d32576b67b771d15f5/inkscape/StreetComplete_quest_crossing.svg
Optimized SVG: https://cdn.rawgit.com/rugk/streetcomplete-quest-svgs/7098e53fbc2d7c4ab737c2d32576b67b771d15f5/optimized/StreetComplete_quest_crossing.svg

(Maybe it works in the browser, try saving the files and opening them in another way, then.)

How it should look

This is how it looks:

  • on GitHub (even on my system; they use some custom SVG renderer or so)
  • in Inkscape on my system itself (also the preview in the opening/saving dialog looks correct)

good svg

How it looks

Opening the plain SVG file in

  • in BrowserStack for Windows and MacOS and other systems
  • nautilus
  • Eye of GNOME and other picture viewers
  • Firefox 55
  • and GIMP (2.8.22)

…they however always look distorted:
distorted icon

I see all zebra icons being affected here, e.g. this one (original) is also distorted:
distorted 2

So what (or where) is the issue, i.e. who is responsible? Is it a bug in Inkscape or in the rendering library used on my system or is it the SVG's fault?

Edit: Now I even see the correct ones in the version without the bug fix when opening the files with Firefox. Still reproducible with other offline software, however.

  • The author of the SVGs actually showed me a workaround. Using "Stroke to path". This helps as a workaround to fix the display issue, but this still does not help me to find the original/source issue.
    – rugk
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 21:53
  • For what it's worth, I have tried these in Chrome 60.0.3112.113, Firefox 55.0.3, and Inkscape 0.92.1, on Windows 7, and both these links render identically in all programs. Sorry I don't use IE, or MS Edge.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 21:54
  • I am sorry, I think this is because I applies the workaround described. I'll change the links to static ones pointing to the faulty SVGs. Also note that on GItHub they are always rendered correctly.
    – rugk
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 21:57
  • Both (original and optimized) display OK (and identically) in Chromium, FF55, and Inkscape. Both look distorted in Okular, Gwenview, and Gimp. It could be a bug in some SVG rendering library...
    – xenoid
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 7:11

1 Answer 1


I tried to open your SVG in my software Photopea.com and it looks correct.

The problem is, that you use paint-order property in your SVG. This property was defined in SVG2 and probably is not yet supported in GIMP.

You have paint-order: stroke fill markers; which says, that stroke should be painted under the fill. By default, stroke is always painted on top of the fill.

Smaller example – try deleting the paint-order property.

So the problem is not in your file, but in GIMP and other software, which does not support the paint-order property yet. You can report it to authors as a bug. In web browsers, everything should look fine.


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