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Can't tween/move groups inside an svg object

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<!doctype html>

<html lang="en">
  <meta charset="utf-8">

  <title>Play animations</title>
  <meta name="description" content="The HTML5 Herald">
  <meta name="author" content="SitePoint">

  <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/app.css">
  <script src="gsap/GSDevTools.js"></script><!-- Remove dev only -->
  <script src="gsap/TimelineMax.js"></script><!-- maybe use lite version -->
  <script src="gsap/TweenMax.js"></script><!-- maybe use lite version -->
  <script src="gsap/MorphSVGPlugin.js"></script><!-- maybe use lite version -->
  <script src="js/animate.js"></script>


  <div class="damage-wrapper">
    <object data="assets/sedan.svg" type="image/svg+xml" id="car-damage" width="100%" height="100%"></object>


window.onload =  function() {

  var obj = document.querySelector(".damage-wrapper object")
    var wrapper = document.querySelector(".damage-wrapper")
  var svgDoc = obj.contentDocument
    var carSvg = svgDoc.querySelector('svg')

    var part = svgDoc.querySelector('#right-back-door')
    var part2 = svgDoc.querySelector('#right-back-panel')

    var animateCarSvg = function(elementId, animation, duration, svg, svgDoc){
      var groups = elementId.match(/#(.)/);
      var effectId = groups[0]
      var tl = new TimelineMax({id: effectId})
        var carPart = svgDoc.querySelector(elementId)
        var clonePart = carPart.cloneNode(true)
        svg.insertBefore(clonePart, svg.firstChild);
        clonePart.addEventListener('click', function(){
            tl.to(clonePart, duration,animation)
        carPart.addEventListener('click', function(){
            tl.to(carPart, duration,animation)

    animateCarSvg('#right-back-panel', {x: 500}, 5, carSvg, svgDoc)



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Whats the security issue? The svg file is being delivered from the the same server as the application, I can animate this file if I don't layer the svg, but can't animate when I layer the svg into groups background etc

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An svg inside an image is a security issue, but an svg inside an object is OK. But what's the point if you have to go through all that trouble?


More conventional methods of accessing an SVG :

Inlining it

jQuery - http://plnkr.co/edit/khmnvLO3JfWRTkSuami4?p=preview

XHR - http://plnkr.co/edit/c1cHZKzolHdz6nNEcvtZ?p=preview



See the Pen MXJwXR by osublake (@osublake) on CodePen



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yes this is what I wanted, thank you, the problem seemed to be that it didn't work if I exported the svg from illustrator as a artboard it did not work, when I exported as a asset the animation worked, I am using the object syntax too, so using an object works

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  • 4 months later...
On 6/8/2018 at 7:11 PM, GreenSock said:

I assume you're trying to reach inside of an external SVG file that's loaded onto the page, and animate individual elements that exist inside, right? For security reasons, browsers don't allow that. You need to inject the SVG into the DOM itself. 

I have hired someone to help me crank out some TweenMax animations. I'm using 1 SVG that has been grouped and exported per this thread. https://greensock.com/forums/topic/18010-better-adobe-illustrator-svg-exports-make-gsap-animating-easier/

Just like this post, I need to animate inside 1 SVG. My freelancer says that he needs to "inject the SVG into the DOM" like you mention. He's using SVG-Injector frrom 2014-2015, which worries me. Is this the only way to solve?

Also, It's not clear to me if the tiger codepen uses an injector or if that is an alternative to "injecting the SVG into the DOM". What I DO know is that the Illustrator Export workflow works very well and I'd like to keep that.

Here is the codepen without svg-injector and transition/mouseover layers (ie blue boxes) visible. https://codepen.io/yayaCreates/pen/yRXNxE/

Do I advise him to use svg-injector or do I offer up an alternative, knowing that we are exporting a layered Illustrator file?


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Note: I decided to copy/paste the SVG code directly into my index.html file instead of using img src or object. I'm not sure if that is best practice but it helps me start tweening while I await your advice.

Thanks for your time!

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If it's not going to change, I prefer to paste the SVG code into the HTML. Most code editors allow you to twirl it up and hide it while working so even if it's 100's of lines long, you don't have to stare at it as you scroll up and down your code.


If it's dynamic and the needed SVG will depend on some user interaction, then yes, you'll probably want to inject it. It sounds like yours won't be changing though so I say paste it and call it a day.


Just my two cents. YMMV.



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