Chapter 5. Sprucing up with animations and effects

This chapter covers

  • Showing and hiding elements without animations
  • Showing and hiding elements using core jQuery animated effects
  • Other built-in effects
  • Writing our own custom animations

Have you ever looked at a website built in Flash and become envious because of all the pretty effects that Flash developers have at their disposal? Heck, you might have even become tempted to learn Flash purely for those slick effects.

Not long ago, smooth effects and animations weren’t realistic options using JavaScript. Between cross-browser issues and slow browser implementations, trying to fade or zoom elements, or even move them around the screen, was extraordinarily difficult. Thankfully, that state ...

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