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Fun With jQuery’s Animate() Function

I'm a huge jQuery fan; there's no hiding that. For me, a designer, there is no easier JavaScript library to use and learn. I've been leaning on jQuery to do my heavy lifting for a while now, and it continues to blow me away almost every time. With each passing release, the library just gets better.

In jQuery's 1.2 release, we saw a big update to animate() function. Previous to 1.2, you could only animate absolutely positioned elements, but now the function supports most anything you could need. This includes padding, margin, font-size, relatively positioned elements, width, height, and borders. Since 1.2, I've been tinkering with numerous different examples. Below are three of my most recent. I hope you find them informative and/or helpful.

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