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How do you remove an SVG element when you're done animating it?

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So I'm doing some experimentation to see if I can find a use for SVG in my web game. I can tween SVG elements without a problem, but I cannot figure out how to remove them when I'm done. The typical this.target.parentNode.removeChild(this.target) isn't working for Raphael objects... so how do you do it?

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Hi Maelfyn  :)


i`m not a Raphael guy but for remove svg ; if you'r using jquery try $("element").empty(); or $("element").remove(); 


and for native solution try this :

var rectangle = document.getElementById('rect');
var parent    = rectangle.parentNode;

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Oh, you know what? I was being special. I was using Raphael and the greensock plugin which I should have mentioned. I don't know what I don't know when it comes to this. In any case, I did some codepen'ing and made a fun demo for you guys. Maybe this will help someone out there. The answer is: use paper.clear() to clear the canvas.


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Hi again :)


nice job , but seems that cause to generate empty SVG DOM elements , check the DOM and you'll see . sorry i`m not Raphael guy and can't help you in this case .

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Yes I would recommend paper.remove() instead of clear() if you aren't going to be reusing the same paper, since it's leaving hundreds of SVG root nodes in the DOM.


Here's a slight modification that sticks to just one Raphael paper


See the Pen LEYdae by jamiejefferson (@jamiejefferson) on CodePen


Have you considered raphael's successor, snap.svg yet? Also GSAP is quite handy at tweening a lot of SVG properties without a plugin now http://css-tricks.com/svg-animation-on-css-transforms/

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Awesome! Yes, I knew there were about a thousand optimizations to be had. This is my first attempt at using this so I wasn't quite sure how everything worked. Thanks for the pointers!

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