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Re: Are CSS animations a done deal?

From: Chris Marrin <cmarrin@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 12:11:42 -0700
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On Mar 30, 2010, at 11:35 AM, Robert O'Callahan wrote:

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> But there's no doubt authors will use it to do "Flash Animations". Authors misuse the technology all the time, occasionally with incredibly cool results.
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> Often the "incredibly cool results" are of the form "since browsers didn't provide the functionality you need in a sensible way, you hacked it up in an incredibly cool, yet insane way!" :-)

I disagree with that point. It's not possible to imagine all the ways a tool might be used. There are millions of authors out there and every once in a while someone will come up with a use of web technology that we could not have thought about. I think our job is not to try to figure out every possible use of every technology we create, but to try to put sufficient rules in place to avoid chaos, while making it possible for authors to be creative.

I believe that CSS Animations provide a nice simple mechanism for doing a whole class of declarative animations. Putting it in CSS makes it easy to use with the CSS properties it is animating and using CSS syntax makes it light weight for simplicity. I don't think it supplants SVG Animation, but it is easier to use for the purpose for which it was designed, animating CSS properties.

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