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RE: Cannot change text rotation centre in SVGs

From: David Dailey <ddailey@zoominternet.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:08:05 -0400
To: "'Dirk Schulze'" <dschulze@adobe.com>, "'Antonio Roberts'" <antonio@hellocatfood.com>
Cc: <www-svg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002a01ce2d58$61736ed0$245a4c70$@net>
I know that there was also discussion that in addition to the "center" (as
in the center of the minimum bounding rectangle with axes parallel to the
viewport) we might also have the "centroid" (namely the first central moment
or center of mass) as a center of rotation. For most objects that one wishes
to rotate the latter would convey a more natural sense of physical rotation,
and though one can clearly calculate such through script,  part of why we
have SVG is so that not everyone has to write script that involves the

Has there been movement on that front or is one of several things being
postponed for SVG 3?


-----Original Message-----
From: Dirk Schulze [mailto:dschulze@adobe.com] 
Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:46 AM
To: Antonio Roberts
Cc: www-svg@w3.org
Subject: Re: Cannot change text rotation centre in SVGs

On Mar 26, 2013, at 7:56 AM, Antonio Roberts <antonio@hellocatfood.com>

> Currently, when you rotate text it rotates using the bottom left of 
> the text as its centre.

That is not correct. Currently it uses (0,0) of the coordinate space of the
text, which is (if no transform on the ancestor) the top left of the

> Would there ever be the possibility of allowing the text rotation 
> centre to be either of the corners of the bounding box or the centre?

With CSS Transforms there will be a 'transform-origin' presentation
attribute that allows you to set the origin. In your case it would be
transform-origin="center center".

You can already try these properties prefixed on WebKit on basic shapes.
Text seems to have a bug. I filed a bug report after your comment here.


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