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On a canvas at the most fundamental level you're turning pixels on and off, which when scaled up look like tiny rectangles.In SVG, you're describing lines and shapes, connecting at certain points, with various sizes.It does this by describing points of interest in a vector space.
The first two numbers are the x and y coordinates of the upper left corner, while the next two numbers are the width and height, respectively.
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I created another JSFiddle that illustrates this effect.
If you click on the SVG element, it should zoom out and in as well as translate.