You may not know this, but Internet Explorer 4.x and above hasimage manipulation capabilities similar to those normally found only inimage editing programs like Adobe Photoshop. This article takes a look atIE5's image filters, and demonstrates how they can help you add specialeffects to your images and text on the fly.
In addition to all these filters, Internet Explorer also comes with in-built capabilities for transition effects as you move from page to page within a site. These transitions are nothing but very powerful filters, which allow you to morph one image into another, or display pre-defined effects when specific events occur.
Currently, Internet Explorer supports a bunch of different transitions. The first of these is the blend transition, which is demonstrated in the following example:
// function to perform transition
// apply transition
// change image source
document.all.object.src = "face.gif";
// play transition
<img id=object style="filter:blendTrans(duration=3)" src="square.gif"
In this case, the square block will slowly morph into a face, the
entire transition taking place over three seconds. You can alter the duration with the "duration" attribute of the "blendTrans" filter.
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