CSS3 - Reflections

1st July 2011

Firefox 4 & 5, Safari and Chrome

The Hay Wain

John Constable

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It is generally known that Safari and Chrome have support for 'box-reflect' to mirror and fadeout any element which can be used to produce a reflection of the original element. But now with the arrival of Firefox 4 & 5 it is now possible, using an entirely different method, to produce a similar reflection and fadeout for any element.

The above demonstrations uses a Firefox specific style '-moz-element' to place a copy of any element with an id into the background of another element and then apply a CSS mask to that element using a separate svg file.

This is not just a separate copy of the element, try selecting text in the main element and see it also selected in the reflected element.

Once browsers support CSS mask-image then this can be applied to all the latest browsers, doing away with the need for the svg mask.


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