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The Book of Inkscape by Dmitry Kirsanov

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9.4 Dash Patterns

A stroke does not need to run solidly from end to end of a path. SVG allows you to stroke a path with a regular pattern of dashes separated by empty intervals of any length. If you know how to edit raw SVG (for example, using Inkscape’s XML Editor, 4.7 The XML Editor), you can create any pattern you like. Otherwise, you can choose one of the many predefined patterns provided by the Fill and Stroke dialog, as shown in Figure 9-5.

Ordered roughly from the most common to the most exotic, these patterns include:

  • Dotted patterns that consist of dots (i.e., stroked segments whose length is equal to stroke width) with intervals equal to 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and so on up to 48 stroke widths (this means the pattern scales up or down proportionally ...

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