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This attribute indicates the name of the attribute in the parent element that is going to be changed during an animation. 

Usage context

Categories Animation attribute target attribute
Value <attributeName>
Animatable No
Normative document SVG 1.1 (2nd Edition)


This example uses y as the attributeName to animate a rectangle shape by changing its position on the Y axis.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<svg width="250" height="250"
  viewPort="0 0 250 250" version="1.1"
  <rect x="50" y="50" width="100" height="100">
    <animate attributeType="XML"
      from="0" to="50"



The following elements can use the attributeName attribute

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