Posts Tagged jQuery

using javascript plugins in larger systems

Most web developers do not code all the JavaScript they use themselves. Framewoks like Dojo, jQuery and Prototype are a nice example of that. As a developer it is also interesting in many situations to use plugins to make things like image rotators and cover flows. No sense in doing all that work yourself.

There are actually a couple of things you need to look out for when using plugins. It is not as trivial as: “plug it in & turn me on“.

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jQuery plugin: titleControl update 0.2

This week I made some updates to the titleControl jQuery plugin I release in Alpha last week. I bumped the version to 0.2 and declared it a valid beta.

updates made:

  • refactoring the basic code
  • changed licence to GNU GPL v3
  • updated project progress in the milestones on the plugin page
  • created SVN repo on google code
  • added test page to repo

Current version is 0.2.0-beta and I have no plan to do any direct update on it in the upcoming month unless anyone needs an update. If you require any updates you can request it on the jQuery plugin page.

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jQuery plugin: titleControl

Last week I found myself a UX problem that I wanted to solve in a centralized way. It was the controlling of the tittle attribute on links and buttons. A browser renders a small box on the placed on the location of the mouse pointer and renders the title attribute content inside of that box. Although this is a browser standard in my application I needed something better. I needed better control over positioning of the text-box and better control over appearance time and effect. A side-effect of this was that I also had control over the styling of that text-box.

My solution for the problem was a new lightweight jQuery plugin!

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jQuery plugin: tagEditor

This month I’ve been working on an existing jQuery plugin called tagEditor. It is a plugin that turns an ordinary text input field into a dynamic tag tokenizer. The idea is that it can be used as a tag input or edit form control. It interacts a lot like the tag editor used here in WordPress or other popular tools that use tags. Tags are separated by a separator (most commonly an enter or ,) and then transformed into a list where the tag can be removed by clicking on it. It is usable together with an auto-complete (the jQuery UI auto-complete works well) to create the perfect user experience.

Together with the plugin’s original creator Karl-Johan Sjögren version 1.4 has been developed and released. More details can be found on the jQuery plugin page and on the demo page by Karl-Johan.

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Web-forms: a first look

Getting users to fill in a field to give you their information is hard. Even when it is to do something the user would like to have it always seems to be a break-off point in the process. A user want to respond to a blog post but he needs to fill in a name and an email. It is more likely that the user will leave the form and not comment at all then fill in the form. Things like external account integration (facebook login), asynchronous  forms (javascript and ajax) and natural forms are a way to solve this. Web-forms are as much a science as they are an art. Nuances can make or break a good web-form so let’s give the science of web-forms a better look!

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