Issue #191 (Animations API, Front-end Frameworks, Testing/Debugging, Uncats)
Anyone remember the Web Animations API? OK, maybe it hasn't been completely forgotten, but it seems like forever ago that this API was first introduced, and I don't feel like there's a lot of talk about it.
You might be wondering what the status of it is, browser support, and where you can keep an eye on its development. Here are a few notes, links, and resources:
- A basic definition of the API is described nicely on MDN: "The Web Animations API allows for synchronizing and timing changes to the presentation of a Web page, i.e. animation of DOM elements. It does so by combining two models: the Timing Model and the Animation Model." (source)
- Browser support for the Web Animations API is still kind of mediocre. Only partial support so far in Chrome and Firefox and a few others. (source)
- The best news for browser support seems to be in Firefox, which, according to this site, has full green support in the latest nightlies.
- If you want to test support in Chrome or another browser, you can use this CodePen. Looks like latest Canary is looking decent, with more support than latest Chrome stable.
- Here's a polyfill if you want better support and don't mind some bloat (~45kb minified).
- The first version of the spec was published in 2013, so technically it's 4+ years in the works now. Here is the latest editor's draft.
- There's an update on spec progress in this recent post by one of the spec authors.
- As far as articles and general info, there are lots of decent intros. Some are older, but I believe they are still relevant. A web search should bring up lots of options for you, so I won't link any here.
- Subscribe to Web Animation Weekly if you want regular articles and news on animation-related stuff, including info on this API.
As with any technology, browser support is the key to getting developers to start using it. So I think in the next year or so this one will probably gain a a lot more interest.
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