Animations, Subtle Effects and Compatibility


CSS3 offers a whole lot of interesting functionality that you didn’t know about but will really help you make your sites into something special. Just be conscious of browser compatibility issues – some of these aren’t available on older browsers.

Learning Outcomes

  • How do you round corners of a box?
  • How do you add a shadow to a box?
  • How do you rotate an element a specified amount?
  • What interesting animations can you use in CSS3?
  • What are pseudo-elements and what are they useful for?


  1. Read about CSS Transitions, stop at the Javascript section.
  2. Peruse through these CSS Animated Loading Icons for some animation inspiration.
  3. Glance at canIuse, a compatibility table for various elements in CSS and HTML5.

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