I would like to know if any webpages exist where every single character/glyph is an SVG path, rather than using a font.

I look places like here which discusses icon fonts and how they relate to accessibility and some problems they solve. But I'm wondering if you could do completely without a font like OTF/TTF/WOFF and just instead use SVG paths everywhere.

It looks like you would lose the SEO benefit unless you shadowed your SVG path-driven text content with regular font content beneath the scenes, but either way I would like to know mainly from a performance perspective, if it would be technically possible to have a huge long 100 page article and scroll through it quickly at 12-16px font without any flickering or performance issues. That would be an interesting check to see.

  • Is there a practical propose, or is it purely curiosity? I haven't heard of a web page like you describe. But my experience is that any sufficiently large SVG or number of images will flicker on scroll in modern browsers. Jan 12, 2019 at 0:43
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    It's just a curiosity, I don't like the current font environment.
    – Lance
    Jan 12, 2019 at 0:56
  • What do you dislike about fonts? For my own curiosity. Jan 12, 2019 at 0:58
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    I don't understand why it needs to be encapsulated. It makes it hard to customize/animate the glyphs for one. It's a separate workflow from normal vector graphics, etc.
    – Lance
    Jan 12, 2019 at 1:01
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    I'm not sure that there is any way to know this without trying it. Jan 12, 2019 at 9:34

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Tried it out. Took about ~5 seconds to render 10,000 icons as inline svgs locally, and scrolling flashes white a little bit. Didn't do any optimization, don't really know what could be done, but doesn't seem like a workable solution.

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