Posts about the client side scripting language JavaScript.

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Using jQuery To Load Content Onto A Page Without An iFrame

8th February 2011 - 12 minutes read time

iFrames can be a convinent way of loading content from one domain onto another, but they do have their limitations. For example, it usually isn't possible to style the contents of the iFrame and you are therefore left at the mercy of a third party site. They also look pretty shonky if the third party site does down for whatever reason. Displaying large "page not found" statements on your page is quite unsightly.

There is a function in jQuery called load() that will use an AJAX request to load content from page onto another, and can even extract specific areas of the page and return only those parts. I thought I would run through some examples and then show how it is possible to display content from another domain on a page. Lets say we have a PHP file on the server that generates a random number, this would be the following very simple code.

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Enabling The Use Of delay() In Pre jQuery 1.4

24th January 2011 - 3 minutes read time

The other day I was trying to convert a HTML template into a CMS system and I found a stumbling block with the use of the jQuery function delay() in the template's JavaScript. During part of the templating process I found the following error occurring on the page.

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Change Text Of Submit Button When Clicked

19th March 2010 - 3 minutes read time

Changing the text of a submit button when clicked can be useful if you are writing an AJAX application or you know that there will be some sort of delay. Providing the user with some form of feedback is a useful way of letting them know they they have done something.

First, we need a form to work with, so I built a quick one here. Notice that the submit button has an onclick action associated with it, this will be used later to enable us to alter the text of the button.

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Using JQuery To Open External Links In A New Window

19th February 2010 - 3 minutes read time

Opening external links in a new window can be useful, but adding target="_blank" can be a real chore. Not only that, but if you are trying to validate the page to XHTML strict then the target attribute will cause errors to appear as it is not defined in XHTML.

An easy solution to this issue is to add the following JQuery to your site. It will look for any links that start with http and do not contain the current domain and add a new click event to them that causes a new window to be opened. This will exclude most links straight away as they will most likely be relative.

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Scroll To First Error Message On Page With jQuery And ScrollTo

29th January 2010 - 4 minutes read time

If you have a large page or form that uses validation on it then you will probably want to tell the user that something is going on. One way to do this is by telling the user at the top of the page that something has gone wrong and then letting them figure out where.

A more elegant solution is to scroll the page down the just above the first error message so that the user is aware of what they need to fill in. This can easily be done through a combination of jQuery and the ScrollTo plugin.

The first thing you need on the form is add some tags as the error output elements. Make sure that these tags don't get printed if there are no errors. I have chosen to use p tags with the class of error. Download this plugin and include it within your page.

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JQuery Image Switcher

7th December 2009 - 4 minutes read time

Using something like CrossSlide is fine if you want fancy effects in your image translations, but for more simple effects you can use a single function to simply swap one image for another. First, lets create some simple markup that will allow us to display some images.

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JavaScript Text Length Tool

4th September 2009 - 2 minutes read time

I quite often find myself needing to know how long a string is, especially when testing form validation or when trying to write a page description. I therefore like to have this little tool to help me by simply counting the number of characters in a given string.

Use the JavaScript text length tool here.

The tool uses a single form with a textarea and a text box. The textarea has onkeyup and onkeydown events which causes it to call a function that counts the number of characters and enters this into the text box.

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JavaScript Confirm Action Dialog

2nd September 2009 - 3 minutes read time

If you want to create a link that performs an action that can't be rolled back then you might want to stop the user from clicking that link unless they really want to. The best way to do this is to intercept the link with a confirm() command.

The first way to do this (and especially useful if you want to ad other functionality) is to use the following function.

function confirmDelete(delUrl) {
 if (confirm("Are you sure you want to delete")) {
  document.location = delUrl;

For each link that you want to use this function on just replace the href with a simple bookmarklet like the following, pass the URL you want to use within this function call.

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Prevent People Messing Up Your Goolge Analytics

3rd August 2009 - 4 minutes read time

After running coding sites for a couple years there is one little problem that really annoys me, so when I set up #! code I resolved to fix it. The issue arises when you use some JavaScript based analytics software that allows multiple domains to be used, like Google Analytics. There is nothing wrong with analytics software that allows this, and it is potentially useful for tracking all manner of things. However, some web masters might not be that good at running sites and will lift code from your site (analytics and all) in order to implement a single widget on their site. What this means is that when a user lands on one of their pages it will register as a hit on your site.

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How To Check And Uncheck A Checkbox With jQuery

27th July 2009 - 2 minutes read time

To check and uncheck a checkbox using jQuery you first need to access the checkbox element using the $() function. Once you have done that you can retrieve or change the value of the checkbox quite easily.

To uncheck a checkbox use the following snippet, which makes nice use of the jQuery attribute filters:

$('input[name=mycheckbox]').attr('checked', false);

To check a checkbox use the following:

$('input[name=mycheckbox]').attr('checked', true);

To test if a checkbox is set or not use one of the following, both return true if checked and false is unchecked.

var checked = $('input[name=mycheckbox]').is(':checked');
var checked = $('input[name=mycheckbox]').attr('checked');