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SplitText - Identifying certain characters

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Hi all,


I want to do some styling to some headings.

Specificially change the last character (which will be a character like . ? ! etc) to a different colour.

I have used splitText to break apart every character and have used css to target the last child.


However, since these are headings and they will have some weight with SEO, I am concerned with stripping every letter apart and into divs etc.

I was wondering if there is some way to tell splitText to only disassemble the last character, or perhaps even target certain characters so I can achieve the style that I want without breaking everything up.


Thanks in advance!



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SplitText doesn't have anything to grab the last character or last word, but the wordDelimiter will allow you to specify where a word should be split. 


So if you want to throw a special character into your h1 you could do something like


<h1>Latest News*!</h1>


and then


var tl = new TimelineLite, 
    mySplitText = new SplitText("h1", {type:"words", wordDelimiter:"*"});


that will result with 2 divs inside each h1 which may be an SEO NO NO. I also doubt you want to inject characters into your h1, but that's the easiest way I could think of by leveraging what SplitText can do and not writing any custom js.

See the Pen dgyKXG by GreenSock (@GreenSock) on CodePen


It's probably going to be better to write your own function that searches each heading for those characters and wraps them in spans.

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Perhaps you are right about writing a function.

But the word delimiter is great and might get me out of trouble for now, thanks Carl!

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