DHTML Lab: Cross-Browser Visibility Transitions
Cross-Browser Visibility Transitions
hide/show positioned elements with flair
This tutorial can be appreciated by users of any browser, any version.
The in-line examples will work only in Netscape Navigator 4
and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 for Windows.
One of the major features of DHTML is the ability to set the visibility of a positioned element and show/hide it at will. We've been exploiting this ability to create DHTML techniques since column 2, Low Bandwidth Rollovers. Other columns that discuss element visibility in some way are: column 3, column 5, columns 8-11, column 12, columns 14-15, column 16 and column 18.
Try it. Immediately following, we have included a positioned element that can be hidden, and in four cases, shown, using transitions from our library. Choose a transition, then click the Do Transition button. To try another one, click RESET, choose a new transition and click Do Transition again.
Knowledge of the concept of positioned elements. How to create them, position them and modify their properties in Navigator and Explorer. All our columns, except column 1, deal with positioned elements. We will not create positioned elements in this column.
An understanding of Explorer 4 transition filters. These are available only to Explorer 4 for Windows, and we introduced them in column 13. The one-page introduction included in that column, is an excellent preface to the present technique discussion.
In This Column
We will discuss:
- defining the Explorer Reveal Transition filters
- applying the transition filters
- the Navigator transition script logic
- creating a box-in transition for Navigator
- creating a box-out transition for Navigator
- simulating the circle-in and circle-out transitions for Navigator
- creating wipe transitions for Navigator
- creating split-in transitions for Navigator
- creating split-out transitions for Navigator
- simulating the strip (diagonal wipe) transitions for Navigator
- selecting a random transition for Navigator
For the first time, in our columns, we will learn:
- to use the Explorer Reveal Transitions
- to program the Explorer onfilterchange event handler
Always keep in mind, as you're reading this column, that we are not attempting to duplicate the Explorer Reveal Transition Filters for Navigator. We are creating a positioned element visibility transition library. To achieve this in Explorer, we call upon the built-in Reveal Transition Filters, using only a fraction of their abilities. Since these filters have integer identifiers, we maintain this standard when creating Navigator transitions. As a bonus for Explorer users, we allow all the reveal transitions. Since many of them do not have Navigator equivalents, the Navigator script substitutes a Navigator-enabled transition.
We have a lot of ground to cover, so let's begin with a look at Explorer's Reveal Transition Filters.
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Created: Apr. 28, 1998
Revised: Apr. 28, 1998