We’re trying to transition the `opacity` property while fully hiding the invisible content from e.g. keyboard navigation with `display:none`.
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Summary: don’t even think of using CSS transitions with display. Since we’re only transitioning the opacity property, in all cases the display (block/none) is applied immediately. This means even if the fade-out transition happens, it can’t be shown because the element is already at display:none.
does fade-in and fade-out transitions alright. The fade-out transition is not shown since the element will be display:none. Opera manages the change from fade-out to fade-in quite nicely. If you click the hide/show buttons quickly, the fade-out does not complete so Opera starts the fade-in transition from the current opacity value. Good job.
(Before you think Opera’s CSS Transitions implementation is great, you should try transitioning all properties though: if you do that, when displaying the element for the first time all sorts of strange shit happens!)
no fade-in transition. There’s a fade-out transition, which Firefox tries to complete if you try to trigger the fade-in transition. What you get when clicking the buttons quickly (hide then show) is this: the element appears, slowly goes to opacity:0, then instantly at opacity:1. Awful bug.
Chrome 15 / Safari 5.1:
no transition at all. Simple.