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I created a svg in inkscape.

inkscape svg

and imported it in blender.

imported in blender

Edit mode, with the display of handles turned off looks like

edit mode

Selecting the curve by selecting one vertex and and pressing ctrl-L and pressing E to extrude it, restricting it by pressing Z does only result in translation.

I expected the mesh to become like a strip/band/wall.

after trying to extrude

The extrude curve menu that comes up shows some alternatives

The extrude curve menu

...but changing to something else than translation here does not result in anything.

Why not?

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    $\begingroup$ Blender does not support this on curves (as far as I know). You can extrude curves only if created from 'add/surface/' and choose a curve (not from 'add/curve') $\endgroup$ – lemon Mar 3 '17 at 16:31
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    $\begingroup$ That is not how you extrude curves in Blender, use the Extrude property in the Properties Window > Object Data > Geometry > Extrude $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Mar 3 '17 at 17:22
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Go to the object mode, press ALT+C and transform the curve into the mesh. Go to the edit mode and then extrude it along z-axis.

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