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Chapter 7. Transformations in SVG > Translation Transformations

Translation Transformations

To translate an object is to move it—horizontally, vertically, or diagonally—from some position, without rotating it or changing its size.

If you have an object on a flat surface such as a desk and move the object, then, in SVG terminology, that is a translation. When you translate an object in SVG, it appears as if you are moving the object to a new place on the existing user coordinate system. What is actually happening is that a new user coordinate system is created, and an object is put in its right place on that new system. If you think again of the object on the desk, then, in SVG, you move the desk to a new position to move the object. You may want to refresh your understanding of this concept by reviewing the discussion of transformations and user coordinate systems in Chapter 5.


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