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SVG symbols rendering issues in Chrome and IE on Windows 7 SP1 x64

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GreenSock does not render animated SVG symbols properly in Chrome (44.0.2403.155.m) and IE 11.0.21 on Windows 7 SP1 x64.


Please have a look at the Codepen example.


The animations render properly in Firefox 40.0.2. There is no animated scale in IE and nothing is animated in Chrome.

See the Pen LVoVZN by anon (@anon) on CodePen

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Hey sepokroce  :-) ,


I'm sure someone smarter than myself will jump in and figure out why that doesn't work in Chrome and IE. In the meantime, I did a quick fork or your pen and added a class to each symbol and animated the class rather than the ID and it works in all browsers.


See the Pen WvBrQR by PointC (@PointC) on CodePen

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PointC is right, although the class has nothing to do with it. You could have selected it using the "use" tag. Symbols aren't rendered. 

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Hey Blake,


I was curious as to why his original pen is working in Firefox? Is symbol rendering different in Chrome?

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That I don't know. I've really don't mess around with symbols or use. Maybe somebody else could answer that one.

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That's not a GSAP bug - it's just that many browsers don't support that behavior at all on symbols. You can try yourself directly:

speaker.style.opacity = "0.3";

You should animate the instances themselves, not the original symbol. I know, it'd be really cool if you could animate the symbol and have it affect all instances. I wish the browsers supported that too.

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Thanks for testing this and for all the replies, guys. Animating symbol instances rather than the symbol itself makes quite a difference.

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