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6. Paths > Relative moveto and lineto

Relative moveto and lineto

The preceding commands are all represented by uppercase letters, and the coordinates are presumed to be absolute coordinates. If you use a lowercase command letter, the coordinates are interpreted as being relative to the current pen position. Thus, the following two paths are equivalent:

<path d="M 10 10 L 20 10 L 20 30  M 40 40 L 55 35"
    style="stroke: black;"/>
<path d="M 10 10 l 10  0 l  0 20  m 20 10 l 15 -5"
    style="stroke: black;"/>

If you start a path with a lowercase m (moveto), its coordinates will be interpreted as an absolute position since there’s no previous pen position from which to calculate a relative position. All the other commands in this chapter also have the same upper- and lowercase distinction. An uppercase command’s coordinates are absolute and a lowercase command’s coordinates are relative. The


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