How to expand link on hoover? Add “<” “>” symbols around link?

Tags: html,css,html5,css3

Problem :

How can I make some symbols appear around my links on mouse over? For example I have some link:

    <li><a href="#"><span>&LT;</span>Home<span>&GT;</span></a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Photos</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Paintings</a></li>

I mean I want these "< >" to slowly expand from behind the link then I hoover it. And to go back in and hide after I move mouse away. I know about css transitions and animations. I tried many ways but it does not work. Best result was when I used small images and opacity. But its not what I want. I want some nice smooth movement from behind link.

EDIT: Well, after some time in google I come across this website here. I try to make something similar as in his menu links. I'm not asking for complete code, just point me to the right direction :) Maybe its only done with JavaScript?

Solution :

Use :after and :before in css


    <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Photos</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Paintings</a></li>


li a{
    white-space: nowrap;
    color: transparent;
    display: block;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    text-align: center;
    text-shadow: 0px 0px 0px #fff;
    letter-spacing: 1px;
    -moz-transform: scale(0.5); 
    -ms-transform: scale(0.5); 
    -o-transform: scale(0.5); 
    -webkit-transform: scale(0.5); 
    transform: scale(0.5); 
    -webkit-transition: all 0.6s linear;
    -moz-transition: all 0.6s linear;
    -o-transition: all 0.6s linear;
    -ms-transition: all 0.6s linear;
    transition: all 0.6s linear;  text-decoration:none
li a:hover{
    text-shadow: 0px 0px 1px #fff;
    -moz-transform: scale(1); 
    -ms-transform: scale(1); 
    -o-transform: scale(1); 
    -webkit-transform: scale(1); 
    transform: scale(1); 
li a:hover:before{content:"<"}
li a:hover:after{content:">"}​


But this doesn't support IE but works with modern browsers.

Answer 2

Well I went through the site which you are referring and I found it is made of pure css (There are 2 images used in css). Find the Demo below (CSS is pretty long so I am not pasting here)


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