In this section, I introduce you to the <animateTransform> element. SVG transformations are some of the most complex parts of SVG; in the space available in this chapter, I introduce you to some of the more commonly used animations.
When I first started using animated transformations, I sometimes had difficulty holding all the detail in my head, which would allow me to adequately visualize what any tweaking I did to my code would do. With practice, that feeling of lack of control fairly quickly disappears. Don’t be surprised if, for one or two of these transformations, you don’t pick it up immediately.