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Aren't garden variety SVG files ~75% smaller than other lossless compression methods (e.g. PNG). As such, is minification necessary or a best practice?

In short, is this an intellectual exercise or something that should be in an SVG producer's toolkit?




Raster formats have a worst-case file size that is linked to their visual size.

SVG has no such limit; for a given visual size it can have arbitrarily many objects. If you’re not careful, you can quite easily end up with multi-megabytes SVGs where a PNG would have been <100KB.

SVG is therefore a dangerous format to use if you don’t know what you’re doing, because its performance characteristics are quite unlike raster formats.




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