Using CSS3 tech­niques a modal box can be cre­ated with­out JavaScript or images. With a bit of ani­ma­tion, tran­si­tion and trans­form, it can be made that lit­tle bit more special. Here we have CSS Modal by Paul Hayes.

The modal animation is hardware accelerated on Safari and iOS, which gives notable performance improvements. The animations are available in Chrome but will feel more sluggish. Firefox will see the opacity transition but not the bounce or minimise animation as it doesn’t yet support @keyframe.

However, it won’t work in IE8 and below, there’s no pointer-event sup­port and opac­ity is poorly imple­mented. IE9 sup­ports :tar­get but no pointer-events. Some IE spe­cific styles could eas­ily switch the opac­ity tog­gle to a dis­play or vis­i­bil­ity one.

Published under: Popup | License Free

TinyBox2 modal box script brings a ton of new features and still clocks in under 5KB. The script now supports iframes and images natively. You can POST with Ajax. Clicking ESC will close the window. Callback functions can be passed for load and close events.

You can set CSS IDs to override the default styling. CSS position can be toggled between fixed and absolute. The mask opacity can be sent. You have full control over window location. And of course there is now a close button out of the box you can toggle.

This script is tested in IE7+, FF, Chrome, Opera, and Safari and is available free of charge for both personal or commercial projects under the creative commons license.

Published under: Popup | CC License