Why is this SVG image not displaying properly in Chrome or Firefox? It displays as expected in IE 9. I tested this in Firefox 5 and 6 and Chrome 13, 14, and 15--all on Windows. I'll test Linux and ChromeOS when I get home.


The image is supposed to look like:

enter image description here

I am only seeing the red county, and nothing else. It may have something to do with the viewport:

<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"
     width="6416.0" height="9720.0"
     viewBox="-1856,-3363 6416,9720">...

As a note, I get this behavior for all county map SVG images on Wikipedia, but not necessarily other SVG images on Wikipedia.

  • Works for me on Firefox 3.6.18, Linux. Aug 18, 2011 at 19:40
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    It doesn't work in later versions of Firefox, though.
    – kzh
    Aug 20, 2011 at 21:19

2 Answers 2


Not sure what changed, but Chromium 14 & Opera 11.50 agree with current Firefox rendering (giant canvas, showing just the red country), so I'm guessing the new behavior is "correct" given the markup.

edit: Ok, I've traced this back to the nightly changeset-range on Firefox development trunk. The behavior-change was due to the top change there, for bug 547062, and the new behavior appears to be correct & as intended. See the first comment on that bug -- <clipPath> is restricted to only contain certain elements, and <g> is not included in that list. So the testcase has invalid markup.

Mechanical snail's linked validator agrees with the above -- it says: document type does not allow element "g" here.

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    I successfully rendered and validated it by removing the clippath element surrounding the g elements and also by changing id attributes that began with numbers. view-source:kaleb.hornsby.ws/+/img/RI.svg Thanks.
    – kzh
    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:00

As dholbert states, other recent web browsers agree with the new Firefox rendering.

The W3C's markup validator shows the svg file as invalid, which is probably why.

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