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@Jon Hicks â€” thanks for the reply, I can certainly see it as an option in some circumstances, but then SVG is also scalable and there are plenty of vector graphics available too, so I don’t think either technique could call an advantage in that respect.
Difficulty comes with relative sizes when the background-size property is not supported. That’s more of an issue with my sprite example and not specifically SVG, though you could argue web fonts work better in that example.
There are issues with both options but for most circumstances and certainly in the near future I’d say SVG has the upper hand.
One concern I really have with web font icons is when clients say they “don’t like” a particular icon â€” always happens! Suddenly you have to edit a font or find a new one. That could be a nightmare. Editing a vector graphic is a tad easier for most people.