Using the Path Element

This topic describes VML, a feature that is deprecated as of Windows Internet Explorer 9. Webpages and applications that rely on VML should be migrated to SVG or other widely supported standards.

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You've learned that you can use the VML predefined shape elements -- such as <oval> , <line>, <polyline>, <curve>, <rect>, <roundrect>, and <arc> -- to draw a shape. In this topic, we will illustrate how to use the <path> sub-element to customize the outline of a shape.

You can place the <path> sub-element inside the <shape> or <shapetype> element. You can then use the property attributes of the <path> sub-element to customize the outline of the shape.

For example, to draw the customized shape illustrated in the following picture, you can use the <path> sub-element to define the outline of the shape, as shown in the following VML representation:

shape1.gif (1301 bytes)



<body>
<v:shape style='width:250;height:250' strokecolor="red" strokeweight="1.5pt"
fillcolor="blue" coordorigin="0 0" coordsize="200 200">
<v:path v="m 8,65 l 72,65, 92,11, 112,65, 174,65, 122,100, 142,155,
92,121, 42,155, 60,100 x e"/>
</v:shape>
</body>


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  • The values m 8,65 indicate that the drawing starts at the point (8,65).
  • The values l 72,65, 92,11, 112,65, 174,65, 122,100, 142,155, 92,121, 42,155, 60,100 indicate that a straight line begins at the current point (8, 65) and ends at the given point (72, 65), which becomes the new current point. A new line begins at the current point (72, 65) and ends at the given point, which becomes the new current point, and so on, to the final point (60, 100).
  • x indicates that the path will close by a straight line that starts at the current point (60, 100) and ends at the original point (8, 65).
  • e indicates stop drawing.

For more information about this element, see the VML specification .

 

 

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