Each of the modules that is part of the CSS3 standard adds really impressive features that extends the possibilities of the browser, regarding what it can do without depending on external plugins. For example: CSS transforms (2D and 3D) allows us to apply 2D and 3D operations to DOM elements, CSS transitions allows us to change the aspect of an element from an initial state to a final state using a smooth animation, CSS animations allow us to create, as suggested by its name, pretty cool animations, and there are other modules that I encourage you to google about.

Starting with this post I will be posting small demos showing off some cool HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript feature that I come across while surfing the web.

Today I am going to show you a pretty cool CSS 3D folding effect that I saw in David Walsh’s post where he explains that he got inspired by Google Plus’ map fold-in effect. I went through the article and decided to roll my own version of the animation so that I could understand and learn more about it.

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The HTML markup needed to accomplish this effect is shown in the following snippet

  <div class="container">
    <div class="fold-outer">
      <div class="fold-inner">
        <div class="content">
          <!-- content for animation goes here -->

The div.fold-outer sets up the 3D aspect of the animation and div.fold-inner is
the element that progressively change during the animation.


The most important part of this animation is, of course, the CSS code:

    .container {
      height: 275px;
      width: 475px;
      position: relative;
      border: 1px solid #888;

    .fold-outer {
      /* animation container */
      height: 0;
      overflow: hidden;
      /*-vp transition : height 1s; -vp*/
      perspective: 1000px;
      /*-vp transform-style: preserve-3d -vp*/;

    .fold-inner {
      /* animated block */
      height: 50px;
      /*-vp transition: all 1s; -vp*/
      /*-vp transform: rotateX(-90deg); -vp*/
      /*-vp transform-origin: top; -vp*/
    .container:hover .fold-outer {
      height: 100px;

    .container:hover .fold-inner {
      height: 100px;
      /*-vp transform: rotateX(0deg);

As I mentioned above, .fold-outer sets up the 3D aspect of this particular animation and .fold-inner animates the element progressively.

As you can see, with the new features added to CSS we can create pretty cool stuff.

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08 December 2012