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SVG background is not set according to SkinParam

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backgroundColor is not used when generating SVG files. To test, SkinParam backgroundColor #000000 java -jar plantuml.jar -tsvg
asked Dec 8, 2014 by Krag (160 points)

1 Answer

+1 vote
The problem seems more general than the skinparam backgroundColor.

The following background styling directives (within a note and autonumber) have no effect when generating to SVG

autonumber "<back:red><b><size:16> # </size></b></back>"
A->B : Message
note right of A
  This is <back:red>RED</back> background
end note
answered Feb 9, 2015 by Larry (230 points)
Thanks for the report.
However, we may be wrong, but we cannot find a (simple) way of changing background color with text in SVG.
Anyone know how to do this ?


I guess you could use a <filter> tag applied to the <text> tag, the same way you use a filter to add the shadows.

The following uml …


… would render as (I added the "f2" filter) to the generated source …

<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" height="50px" style="width:96px;height:50px;" version="1.1" viewBox="0 0 96 50" width="96px">


  <filter height="300%" id="f1" width="300%" x="-1" y="-1">
    <feGaussianBlur result="blurOut" stdDeviation="2.0">
    <feColorMatrix in="blurOut" result="blurOut2" type="matrix" values="0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .4 0"></feColorMatrix>
    <feOffset dx="4.0" dy="4.0" in="blurOut2" result="blurOut3"></feOffset>
    <feBlend in="SourceGraphic" in2="blurOut3" mode="normal"></feBlend>
  <filter id="f2" x="0" y="0" width="1" height="1">
    <feFlood flood-color="red"></feFlood>
    <feComposite in="SourceGraphic"></feComposite>



  <rect fill="#FEFECE" filter="url(#f1)" height="33.9688" rx="12.5" ry="12.5" style="stroke: #A80036; stroke-width: 1.5;" width="79" x="10" y="10"></rect>
  <text fill="#000000" filter="url(#f2)" font-family="sans-serif" font-size="12" lengthAdjust="spacingAndGlyphs" textLength="59" x="20" y="31.1387">Comment</text>


Would that be simple enough to implement ?
Many thanks for the idea and your filter implementation. We are not very good at SVG, so it definitively helps!
We have implemented this is in the last beta:
Few tests have been done, but this seems ok.
We will release this in next official version.
Thanks again.
Neither am I an expert at SVG unfortunately.
The filter seems to rasterize the text, and it affects the text antialiasing.

    :<back:white>impacted font alias</back>, standard font alias ;

An other option would be to add a <rect> before the <text>, but I have no clue how to compute the exact text size.
I guess it depends on the SVG reader. Under Firefox, the filter does not affect antialiasing (at least, with our tests).
The filter option is more elegant than the <rect> solution. BTW, we compute the text length (see textLength attribute) but not the text height (even if we have the font-size).
Maybe you can tweak around to solve the antialiasing issue ?
If you modify the filter successfully, we will be pleased to integrate your modification :-)
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