Day 81: the order of individual transform properties

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It’s time to get me up to speed with modern CSS. There’s so much new in CSS that I know too little about. To change that I’ve started #100DaysOfMoreOrLessModernCSS. Why more or less modern CSS? Because some topics will be about cutting-edge features, while other stuff has been around for quite a while already, but I just have little to no experience with it.


On day 66, I’ve introduced you to individual transform properties. An interesting detail about these properties is the order in which transforms are applied compared to the transform property.

If you use the transform property, transformation functions are applied in the order of appearance, from left to right.

<button class="button1">Button 1</button>
<button class="button2">Button 2</button>
.button1 {
transform: translateX(50px) scale(1.5);
}

.button2 {
transform: scale(1.5) translateX(50px);
}


With individual transform properties, the order of appearance of the declarations doesn’t matter. The order is always the same: translate –> rotate –> scale.

.button3 {
translate: 50px 0;
scale: 1.5;
}

.button4 {
scale: 1.5;
translate: 50px 0;
}


If you mix transform and individual properties, individual transforms get applied first.

.button5 {
transform: translateX(50px);
scale: 1.5;
}

.button6 {
transform: scale(1.5);
translate: 50px 0;
}


See on CodePen.

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