I think of an SVG sprite as this:

<svg display="none"> <symbol id="icon-one"> ... <symbol> <symbol id="icon-two"> ... <symbol> <symbol id="icon-three"> ... <symbol>

I was long a fan of that approach for icon systems (<use>-ing them as needed), but I favor including the SVGs directly as needed these days. Still, sprites are fine, and fairly popular.

What if you have a sprite, and you wanna see what’s in it?

Here’s a tiny bit of JavaScript that will loop through all the symbols it finds and inject a SVG that uses each one…

const sprite = document.querySelector("#sprite");
const symbols = sprite.querySelectorAll("symbol"); symbols.forEach(symbol => { document.body.insertAdjacentHTML("beforeend", ` <svg width="50" height="50"> <use xlink:href="#${symbol.id}" /> <svg>

See the Pen
Visually turn a sprite into individual SVGs
by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier)
on CodePen.

That’s all.

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