Shelley Powers

Shelley Powers is a member of the W3C HTML Working Group, and a web developer and system architect with 25 years of experience. She’s also a writer and has authored and co-authored over 17 books, including Painting the Web, Adding Ajax, Learning JavaScript 2nd edition, Practical RDF, and the upcoming The JavaScript Cookbook, all published by O’Reilly. Shelley has a set of web sites, all accessible from the main site, Burningbird, at

Also from this author

Using SVG For Flexible, Scalable, and Fun Backgrounds, Part I

Many of us think of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) as an also-ran: fine for charts and tables, but not much else. Yet SVG can actually enhance a site’s overall design, and can be made to work in even the most stubborn browser. In Part I of a two-part series, Shelley Powers covers important basics of working with SVG, including browser support and accessibility.

Using SVG for Flexible, Scalable, and Fun Backgrounds, Part II

In Part II, dig deeper into the technology behind using SVG for your site design. Explore how to incorporate SVG in a cross-browser friendly manner, including using SVGWeb to ensure that the SVG shows in Internet Explorer. And discover the unique characteristic that makes SVG ideal for page backgrounds: scalability.