Thursday, April 28, 2016

Animate Oracle JET Utility Classes (oj-selected)

Sometimes I build card-like user interfaces that allow users to select from a group of "cards." The visual state of a selected "card" should change once selected. The Oracle JET oj-panel, oj-margin, and oj-selected utility classes are great for this type of experience. The oj-panel and oj-margin classes setup the cards according to the Alta UI design patterns and oj-selected changes the appearance upon selection. Toggling oj-selected with a click binding is trivial with jQuery.toggleClass().

Out of the box, the oj-selected visual changes are either on or off. There are no transition states. I like user interface changes to morph between states. With just a couple of lines of CSS, we can animate what happens to an oj-panel when oj-selected is added to the panel:

.oj-panel {
  cursor: pointer;
  transition: border-color .3s ease-in-out;

Here is the jsFiddle

Is the fade effect too subtle for you? Take a look at this CodePen for some impressive animation examples.

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