Brian Birtles on rethinking web animations

Brian Birtles is currently working at Mozilla Japan, and he recently posted about a new development for animation for the web, called Web Animations. Within, he showcased a video providing examples of the technology's potential. It’s early days for Web Animations, but we asked Birtles about the reasoning behind the idea and what it means for existing web animation techniques.

.net: In what ways do you feel animation on the web currently falls short?
Birtles: I think the biggest one is synchronisation. With CSS, it's impossible to generate a new animation on-the-fly that synchronises with an already-running animation—and yet that's quite fundamental to application development. In fact, it's quite unpredictable when a CSS-based animation will begin at all. SVG makes it fairly easy to synchronise animations, but, at least in SVG 1.1, you can't synchronise with media such as video and audio.

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