Inline SVG the Sane Way

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Like everyone else these days, I’ve totally jumped onboard the SVG train. They’re scalable and easy to use. If you use inline SVG, they are style-able and reduce server requests, which can help your SEO.

Sadly, inline SVG also borks up your code. There’s nothing more disappointing than combing through neatly organized code thats completely marred by a giant block of inline SVG gibberish in the middle of it.

Recently, I discovered a simple way to have my cake and eat it too (mmm, cake!). Check this out:

Simple, right? The function has one parameter that determines which SVG is returned. While this one function may look out of control (although in my editor, each SVG is on one looooooong line, so it still remains neat and tidy), the SVGs and their craziness are contained to one place in your code.

This still gives you all the advantages of inline SVG, without borking up your nicely indented, organized code. In my next post, I’ll show how combining this with some other simple functions can give you inline SVGs in menu items!

As a footnote, the $output being initiated and returned outside the switch means there’s a fallback. If the requested icon isn’t in the switch, nothing is returned. You could do that with a “default” statement within the switch, but I’ve also found being able to append the $output variable is more dummy-proof that other methods.

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