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CSS

Problem with CSS positions

Hi everyone. I'm trying to recreate the 'other person is currently typing' effect from Facebook.

I have a div and three spans. For whatever reason I can't move the spans over the div. I've tried all sorts of position combination, but nothing seems to work. If anyone can pitch in with a solution, I'd be very grateful.

Here's the HTML:

<html>
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>play controls</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div class="one">
      <span></span>
      <span></span>
      <span></span>
    </div>

  </body>
</html>

and the CSS:

body { 
 top: 0
 left: 0;
}

.one {
  width: 100px;
  height: 50px;
  top: 50px;
  left: 50px;
  position: absolute;
  border-radius: 25px;
  background-color: lightgrey;
  z-index: -2;
}

span {
  width: 10px;
  height: 10px;
  background-color: black;
  border-radius: 50%;
  position: absolute;
  top: 20px;
  left: 250px;
}
span:nth-child(1) {
  left: 120px;
  animation: bounce 1s ease-in-out 0.2s infinite;
}

span:nth-child(2) {
  left: 140px;
  animation: bounce 1s ease-in-out 0.5s infinite;
}

span:nth-child(3) {
  left: 160px;
  animation: bounce 1s ease-in-out 0.7s infinite;
}

@keyframes bounce {
  0%, 100% {
    transform: translateY(0px);
  }
   50% {
    transform: translateY(10px);
  }
}

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
230,248 Points

With absolute positioning, you put them where you want. That div is only 100px wide, just don't shift them so far:

span:nth-child(1) {
  left: 25px;  /* was 120 */
  animation: bounce 1s ease-in-out 0.2s infinite;
}
span:nth-child(2) {
  left: 45px;  /* was 140 */
  animation: bounce 1s ease-in-out 0.5s infinite;
}
span:nth-child(3) {
  left: 65px;  /* was 160 */
  animation: bounce 1s ease-in-out 0.7s infinite;
}

Also I noticed the "top" property in the "body" rule is missing the semicolon at the end (not that it matters, since it's not positioned).

I can't believe I forgot about the added positioning in the nth-child properties. Thanks so much, Steven!