Javascript – How to check if an embedded SVG document is loaded in an html page


I need to edit (using javascript) an SVG document embedded in an html page.

When the SVG is loaded, I can access the dom of the SVG and its elements. But I am not able to know if the SVG dom is ready or not, so I cant' perform default actions on the SVG when the html page is loaded.

To access the SVG dom, I use this code:

var svg = document.getElementById("chart").getSVGDocument();

where "chart" is the id of the embed element.

If I try to access the SVG when the html document is ready, in this way:

jQuery(document).ready( function() {
var svg = document.getElementById("chart").getSVGDocument();

svg is always null. I just need to know when it is not null, so I can start manipulate it.
Do you know if there is a way to do it?

Best Answer

On your embedding element (e.g 'embed', 'object', 'iframe') in the main document add an onload attribute which calls your function, or add the event listener in script, e.g embeddingElm.addEventListener('load', callbackFunction, false). Another option might be to listen for DOMContentLoaded, depends on what you want it for.

You can also add a load listener on the main document. jQuery(document).ready doesn't mean that all resources are loaded, just that the document itself has a DOM that is ready for action. However note that if you listen for load on the entire document your callback function won't be called until all resources in that document are loaded, css, javascript etc.

If you use inline svg, then jQuery(document).ready will work just fine however.

On a further note you might want to consider using embeddingElm.contentDocument (if available) instead of embeddingElm.getSVGDocument().

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