Deprecated
This feature is no longer recommended. Though some browsers might still support it, it may have already been removed from the relevant web standards, may be in the process of being dropped, or may only be kept for compatibility purposes. Avoid using it, and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

A <glyph> defines a single glyph in an SVG font.

Usage context

CategoriesText content element
Permitted contentAny number of the following elements, in any order:
Animation elements
Descriptive elements
Shape elements
Structural elements
Gradient elements
<a>, <altGlyphDef>, <clipPath>, <color-profile>, <cursor>, <filter>, <font>, <font-face>, <foreignObject>, <image>, <marker>, <mask>, <pattern>, <script>, <style>, <switch>, <text>, <view>

Attributes

Global attributes

Specific attributes

DOM Interface

This element implements the SVGGlyphElement interface.

Example

SVG

<svg width="400px" height="300px" version="1.1"
    xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
<!-- Example copied from https://www.w3.org/TR/SVG/fonts.html#GlyphElement -->
  <defs>

    <font id="Font1" horiz-adv-x="1000">
      <font-face font-family="Super Sans" font-weight="bold" font-style="normal"
          units-per-em="1000" cap-height="600" x-height="400"
          ascent="700" descent="300"
          alphabetic="0" mathematical="350" ideographic="400" hanging="500">
        <font-face-src>
          <font-face-name name="Super Sans Bold"/>
        </font-face-src>
      </font-face>

      <missing-glyph><path d="M0,0h200v200h-200z"/></missing-glyph>
      <glyph unicode="!" horiz-adv-x="80" d="M0,0h200v200h-200z"></glyph>
      <glyph unicode="@" d="M0,50l100,300l400,100z"></glyph>
    </font>
  </defs>
  <text x="100" y="100" 
      style="font-family: 'Super Sans', Helvetica, sans-serif;
             font-weight: bold; font-style: normal">Text 
    using embe@dded font!</text>
</svg>

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)
The definition of '<glyph>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic support
Deprecated
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arabic-form
Deprecated
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d
Deprecated
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glyph-name
Deprecated
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horiz-adv-x
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lang
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orientation
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unicode
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vert-adv-y
Deprecated
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vert-origin-x
Deprecated
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vert-origin-y
Deprecated
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Legend

Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

Contributors to this page: fscholz, Longsonr, Sebastianz, kscarfone, Jeremie, jiangr, Manuel_Strehl
Last updated by: fscholz,