webkit-transform overwrites z-index ordering in Chrome 13


Sorry for failing to add the minor detail that we also layer a lot of div elements on top of each other with z-index. After working more with this problem, it seems that the webkit-transform actually messes with the z-index ordering, and that the actual problem is not related to the animations themselves.

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I am currently in a project where we develop an application which is quite heavy on CSS3 animations. We're animating a lot of div elements around with -webkit-transform and -webkit-transition.

All is well, until today where all of the to-be-animated elements of the page disappeared. It seems that Google Chrome has updated from 12.xx to 13.0.782.107m and now, all of a sudden, CSS3 properties with -webkit prefixes has stopped working, and elements which have this property applied to them just doesn't show anymore. Removing the -webkit-transform property through the Chrome debugger makes the elements visible again.

Has anyone else experienced the same issues, or know how to solve this problem?

I might add that I've tried to remove just the -webkit prefixes (leaving just transform), which then shows the missing elements, but then that won't animate the elements at all, as the CSS3 property transform is not supported.

I have also tried using el.style.webkitTransform and el.style.WebkitTransform, with no success.

Will pass some example code to explain. The desired result of this is to move sq1 away and reveal sq2.

<div id="sq1" style="z-index:10;">
<div id="sq2" style="z-index:5;">

/* fetch the element */
var el = document.getElementById("sq1");
/* apply CSS */
el.style["-webkit-transition"] = "-webkit-transform 500ms linear";
el.style["-webkit-transform"] = "translate3d(30px, 30px, 0px)";



Solved it myself through trial and error. Thought I'd report back if someone else stumbles upon this problem. It shall still be noted that this problem did not occur before Chrome updated itself to Chrome 13 (13.0.782.107m).

The trick here seems to be to add a translate3d operation to the underlying <div> (sq2) element upon declaration (or atleast before animating sq1).

Otherwise, the translate3d operation on the overlying <div> (sq1) will cause rendering to ignore the z-index and place sq1 below sq2. I'm guessing that this is because sq1 is defined before sq2 in the DOM, therefore sq2 will be rendered above it.

So, the solution seems to be to put translate3d in the definition of the <div>:s (add it to both just to be clear):

<div id="sq1" style="z-index:10; -webkit-transform: translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px);">
<div id="sq2" style="z-index:5; -webkit-transform: translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px);">

This should only affect any elements which are positioned as absolute or relative. In order to remedy the issue, you can apply the following css statement to every element which is positioned this way and is causing issues:

-webkit-transform: translate3d(0,0,0);

This will apply the transform to the element without actually doing a transformation, but affecting it's render order so it is above the element causing the issue.


I think you need to try using -webkit-transform or webkitTransform instead of webkit-transform.


Use el.style.WebkitTransform (uppercase W).

 el.style["-webkit-transition"] = "-webkit-transform 500ms linear";
 el.style["webkit-transform"] = "translate3d(30px, 30px, 0px)";

Your missing the - on the second line, this could be the problem.


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