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I need to generate an SVG image of a pill box, like so:

Pill Box

I know how to draw a circle with the <ellipse> element, how to draw a <path> element with the M (moveto), L (lineto), and Z (closepath) attributes, and how to fill a shape with the style="fill:myColor;" attribute. What I need to do though is to start with a circle and be able to dynamically stretch it via code.

The usage is a circle over a shopping cart that will show the number of items in the user's shopping cart. I think the right way for me to do this is by defining all of the numbers in <defs> elements, and then dynamically including the numbers I need using <use> elements and setting the line lengths.

Can anyone help me on drawing this shape in code? What I get from Inkscape is multiple overlapping shapes but I'm not really very good with vector drawing programs. I think to get a code sample from Inkscape that I could examine, I'd need to break and rejoin the shapes, but I'm hoping there's a simple way or tag to just generate an arc and join them into one path.

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20 second google search --> HERE <-- change the rect width to match the height and it's a circle. Therefore, dynamically, you'd merely need to alter the width property to move from a circle to a pill shape.

a circle:

<svg version="1.1" width="1000" height="600" viewBox="0 0 16 9">
  <rect x="1" y="1" width="2" height="2" fill="silver" stroke="black" stroke-width="0.1" ry="1" rx="1"/>
</svg>

a pill:

<svg version="1.1" width="1000" height="600" viewBox="0 0 16 9">
  <rect x="1" y="1" width="4" height="2" fill="silver" stroke="black" stroke-width="0.1" ry="1" rx="1"/>
</svg>

SVG code from "deadlygeek" at CodePen

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  • What search terms do you use, so I get an effective search next time? I tried a number of searches and didn't get anything. – calligraphic-io Jun 4 at 12:10
  • I used ---- "convert a circle to a pill shape SVG" -- the link above was the fourth result. – Scott Jun 4 at 17:37
  • Thanks. The terms I used were several variations of "create pill box svg", which all bring up first 100+ results of "Free icon downloads!". I didn't know what shape to convert from to a pill box - path? Two circles, lines, masks, delete nodes? – calligraphic-io Jun 5 at 13:12

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