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Chapter 18. Animation and QuickTime > Animation Prerequisites

Animation Prerequisites

You create DHTML animation by filling floating boxes with content and then specifying a path along which the floating box moves on the page—by creating a timeline. Timelines use a combination of JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheet positioning features to control the movement and appearance of layers (floating boxes) on the page. You can add bells and whistles to animated content with actions that control the way animated objects move or how they interact with other items on the page.

Some of the tools you use to build animation should be familiar to you, if you've read Chapters 12 and 17. Chapter 12, "Layers and Positioning," introduced the floating box, the HTML element within which all animated objects reside, and described how to configure and stack multiple boxes. Chapter 17, "Using Actions," describes how to use JavaScript actions to incorporate interactivity, and includes details about all of the actions included with GoLive.


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