Animated GIFs can have up to 256 colors & they are not interactive.

jAni is a lightweight jQuery plugin for animating background images which can be an alternative to animated GIFs (in some cases).

It simply changes the position of a long background image in given distances & speed.

jQuery Background Animation Plugin

The plugin has few options for controlling it:

  • start, stop, pause
  • speed
  • loop on/off
  • dimensions of the frames

As it will require JavaScript to be enabled, using jAni combined with other JavaScript events (like animating a better-quality Ajax loader) would be very functional.

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