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Animating SVG <symbol> does not update <use>

mak test
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This thread was started before GSAP 3 was released. Some information, especially the syntax, may be out of date for GSAP 3. Please see the GSAP 3 migration guide and release notes for more information about how to update the code to GSAP 3's syntax. 

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Hello mak, and Welcome to the GreenSock Forum!


This is due to the symbol tag being a structural element that is not rendered directly. Only the instances of the symbol element referenced through the <use> tag are.


SVG Symbol: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/SVG/Element/symbol


You can also use the GSAP AttrPlugin to animate the values of elements inside the <symbol> element or <def> element.


Examples of AttrPlugin used with SVG:


GSAP SVG FIlter Gaussian Blur:

See the Pen GJPjjQ by jonathan (@jonathan) on CodePen

GSAP SVG Filter Hue-Rotate:

See the Pen MwPzox by jonathan (@jonathan) on CodePen

GSAP SVG Filter Displacement Turbulence:

See the Pen NqZPwd by jonathan (@jonathan) on CodePen



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