Just me Just me - 2 months ago 15
CSS Question

CSS transition auto height not working

I have a website, and I decided to replace the jquery based toggle boxes with pure CSS snippets. When I use fixed height value for the transition (last lines of the CSS), it works well, but with the

auto
value, the animation is missing, only the height change has an effect!

Is there a way to use this with auto value? I would like to use variable texts and no scripts.



.ac-container{
width: 400px;
margin: 10px auto 30px auto;
text-align: left;
}
.ac-container label{
font-family: 'BebasNeueRegular', 'Arial Narrow', Arial, sans-serif;
padding: 5px 20px;
position: relative;
z-index: 20;
display: block;
height: 30px;
cursor: pointer;
color: #777;
text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px rgba(255,255,255,0.8);
line-height: 33px;
font-size: 19px;
background: #ffffff;
background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #ffffff 1%, #eaeaea 100%);
background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(1%,#ffffff), color-stop(100%,#eaeaea));
background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #ffffff 1%,#eaeaea 100%);
background: -o-linear-gradient(top, #ffffff 1%,#eaeaea 100%);
background: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #ffffff 1%,#eaeaea 100%);
background: linear-gradient(top, #ffffff 1%,#eaeaea 100%);
filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#ffffff', endColorstr='#eaeaea',GradientType=0 );
box-shadow:
0px 0px 0px 1px rgba(155,155,155,0.3),
1px 0px 0px 0px rgba(255,255,255,0.9) inset,
0px 2px 2px rgba(0,0,0,0.1);
}
.ac-container label:hover{
background: #fff;
}
.ac-container input:checked + label,
.ac-container input:checked + label:hover{
background: #c6e1ec;
color: #3d7489;
text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px rgba(255,255,255, 0.6);
box-shadow:
0px 0px 0px 1px rgba(155,155,155,0.3),
0px 2px 2px rgba(0,0,0,0.1);
}

.ac-container input{
display: none;
}
.ac-container section{
background: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5);
margin-top: -1px;
overflow: hidden;
height: 0px;
position: relative;
z-index: 10;
-webkit-transition: height 0.3s ease-in-out, box-shadow 0.6s linear;
-moz-transition: height 0.3s ease-in-out, box-shadow 0.6s linear;
-o-transition: height 0.3s ease-in-out, box-shadow 0.6s linear;
-ms-transition: height 0.3s ease-in-out, box-shadow 0.6s linear;
transition: height 0.3s ease-in-out, box-shadow 0.6s linear;
}
.ac-container section p{
font-style: italic;
color: #777;
line-height: 23px;
font-size: 14px;
padding: 20px;
text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px rgba(255,255,255,0.8);
}
.ac-container input:checked ~ section{
-webkit-transition: height 0.5s ease-in-out, box-shadow 0.1s linear;
-moz-transition: height 0.5s ease-in-out, box-shadow 0.1s linear;
-o-transition: height 0.5s ease-in-out, box-shadow 0.1s linear;
-ms-transition: height 0.5s ease-in-out, box-shadow 0.1s linear;
transition: height 0.5s ease-in-out, box-shadow 0.1s linear;
box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px 1px rgba(155,155,155,0.3);
}
.ac-container input:checked ~ section.ac-small{
height: 120px; /*auto*/
}

<div class="ac-container">
<div>

<input id="ac-1" name="accordion-1" type="checkbox" />
<section class="ac-small">
<p>Some content... </p>
</section>
<label for="ac-1">About us</label>

</div>

<div>
<input id="ac-2" name="accordion-2" type="checkbox" />
<section class="ac-small">
<p>Some content... </p>
</section>
<label for="ac-2">About us</label>
</div>
</div>




Answer

One solution if you just want to use CSS is to transition max-height instead of height and set it to something greater than it will ever get ...

Here's a DEMO

You will need to tweek the speed of the transition a bit, but at least the example gives you an idea on how it can be done. Don't forget to change the property in your transition as well. From transition: height 0.5s; to transition: max-height 0.5s;.

Hope this helps!

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