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Re: [css3-animations] animation-fill-mode: fractional iteration count, steps and animation-direction

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2012 17:36:20 -0700
To: Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20120404003620.GA16019@crum.dbaron.org>
On Tuesday 2012-04-03 23:58 +0000, Sylvain Galineau wrote:
> Overall, the main point is that we may not want animation-fill-mode to 'freeze'
> the animation at a particular set of keyframe values, but rather at the interpolated
> state of the animation at whatever percentage/point on the time we resolve the fill
> to be. Before I engage in the fun exercise of translating that into prose, I wanted
> to check whether this made sense to everyone. 

I agree that it should correspond to a point in time.

However, there's the problem (quite common) where that point in time
corresponds to a discrete change in the animation.  This is
well-defined for step functions (which are clear about what happens
at their endpoints, I think).  And since animations are always
value-to-value there are no discontinuities other than a step
function within a set of keyframes.  However, it's not so well
defined when the point in time is at the border of two iterations of
the animation (jumping 0% to 100% or from 100% to 0%, depending on

For these cases (the 0%/100% boundaries, i.e., the iteration
boundaries), we want the state of the animation on the iteration
*before* the point in time (but I think we still want its state, in
terms of step functions, at the point in time).  (Gecko does do
this, because I had to write code to handle that case and thus I had
to think about it.)  This is critical given that the value of
'animation-direction' is 'normal':  without this it would mean that
an integer 'animation-iteration-count' would jump back to the start
of the animation and freeze there, rather than freezing at the end.

So I think you need wording describing:
 * choosing which iteration of the animation to get values from
 * choosing values from that iteration based on a point in time


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