Seamless jQuery Marquee?

Is it possible to create a 100% seamless marquee in jQuery (or just javascript but jQuery prefered)?

I've made a simple marquee that moves left until it is off the screen then simply jumps (when out of view) to the right and starts again. However I would love it to not have the wait.

The only way I could think of doing this would be to duplicate the text and put it after the first text, then swap them round again. However I have no idea how to implement this in jQuery, I've been looking at jQuery's .clone() but can't get it working correctly, everything jumps.

Any ideas?

Thanks for your time,

Answers:

Answer

Given the following markup:

<div id="marquee">My Text</div>

For the duplication, I'd do something like this:

$("#marquee").wrapInner("span"); // wrap "My Text" with a new span
$("#marquee").append($("#marquee span").clone().hide()); // now there are two spans with "My Text"

Moving and swapping the spans is pretty easy. Here's a fully functional example:

$(function() {

    var marquee = $("#marquee"); 
    marquee.css({"overflow": "hidden", "width": "100%"});

    // wrap "My Text" with a span (old versions of IE don't like divs inline-block)
    marquee.wrapInner("<span>");
    marquee.find("span").css({ "width": "50%", "display": "inline-block", "text-align":"center" }); 
    marquee.append(marquee.find("span").clone()); // now there are two spans with "My Text"

    // create an inner div twice as wide as the view port for animating the scroll
    marquee.wrapInner("<div>");
    marquee.find("div").css("width", "200%");

    // create a function which animates the div
    // $.animate takes a callback for when the animation completes
    var reset = function() {
        $(this).css("margin-left", "0%");
        $(this).animate({ "margin-left": "-100%" }, 3000, 'linear', reset);
    };

    // kick it off
    reset.call(marquee.find("div"));

});

See it in action.

Disclaimer:

I don't recommend this for any professional website. However, it might be useful if you're trying to reproduce a retro 1990's look.

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