Posts Tagged ‘Silas’
Another jQuery slider (v 2.0) December 17th, 2011
I don’t know how it happened but it’s December already! Soon it’ll be time for me to do a Christmas post but I thought that since, unforgivably, I haven’t posted since August I’d squeeze in a last work entry of 2011. This might seem like a bit of a cheat, some might say this belongs more as an update of my previous jQuery slider post, but as it has some pretty key differences I have decided to call it jQuery slider version 2.0 and give it a post of it’s own. This also affords me the opportunity of displaying some more photos, today’s theme: The Lake District where my girlfriend and I got engaged earlier this year.
The slider differs to version 1.0 mainly in that it can handle content other than imagery. You can now feed it a container type (e.g ‘div) and it will treat that container and everything inside it as a slide. Also the slides are now all present within the HTML rather than being loaded in by the JS. Additional features include the ability to switch the menu on and off and change the slide direction. You can download the files here. As always I value feedback, again I haven’t exhaustively tested this and I’d be interested to see how it fits within other templates and style sheets.
jQuery popup plugin August 4th, 2011
I seem to be doing a lot of bits and pieces of jQuery at the moment, which is good because I quite enjoy it. I must confess I used to feel like it was cheating but fortunately i’ve managed to shed that particular misconception and now use it in almost all the online stuff I work on.
So here’s another little plugin I knocked up for work, a jQuery popup script. Most of these bits start as some random function written for a particular site which I then make into a reusable plugin and add to my script library for re-use.
You feed this one an element ID (i’d suggest a div) and it’ll remove it from the DOM (that way you can initially stick it anywhere on the page as an accessible alternative to the pop up), re-append it just before the closing </body> tag, create (if required) a background overlay and open it up at the click of a button.
Optional settings include fade in / out, background on / off, colour and opacity, close button, and close on background click.
UPDATE 2: Now version 1.2 – The popup will now re-centralise when you resize the window, also fixed a couple of little bugs.
UPDATE: Now version 1.1 – i’ve fixed a bug wherein if you fired the same pop-up using multiple links, multiple versions of the background overlay were being created with the same ID. I can only apologise for this schoolboy error.
Happy Birthday to me! December 11th, 2010
I’ve managed 17 glorious posts in total this year, across 24 categories – which isn’t bad I guess, more than the one a month that i’d anticipated. But there have been some slight let downs, the main one being the complete failure on my part to ever get around to building the custom template that Scriptic deserves. The good news, however, is that i’m currently in the process of remedying that – the HTML has been built and i’ve started the templating stage so hopefully in the next month, perhaps sooner, the site will be relaunched with a new look but the same high quality, hard-hitting stories about bits and pieces of code i’ve written or whatevs.
Something to look forward to then, I’ll drink to that. Cheers!
UPDATE: In case you’re wondering the new theme is now in place – you’re looking at it!
Viral revolution or webvomit? April 15th, 2010
Recently I’ve been coming across sites that utilise such hideous design and nightmarish HTML that i’ve felt compelled to bring them to the attention of a wider audience and, in many cases, that’s exactly what i’ve done.
Recently as I prepared to Tweet this gem – it occured to me that perhaps lurking behind this terrifyingly poorly executed facade is in fact an ingenious and fresh viral marketing idea. After all it only takes one smug, superior media type (i.e. me) to stumble across it and publish the link on some social network somewhere and bingo – instant traffic.
Of course there’s a danger, as in this instance, that you take the concept too far and all your content is hidden behind an impossible to navigate front end awash with random, blindingly garish links. Handled in the right way, however, this could be rather effective. Imagine a website which on first glance is pure HTML abortion, hideous enough to get an instant mention on media boards across the web, and yet on closer inspection incorporates a surprisingly intuitive navigation which in turn leads to well designed and structured content. Food for thought my friends, perhaps we are witnessing the birth of a new viral phenomenon – one that will eventually result in a mass turnaround in the way we design and build websites. Retro web design – God forbid!
Anyway, sorry for the almost actual blog like nature of this post. Back to standard postings next time. In the meantime here’s another one for you to point and laugh at. Look at his ponytail – LOL!
British Soap Awards website March 2nd, 2010
Traffic on the site is extremely heavy and as of this post has attracted more than 9000 unique voters (in two days). With more than quarter of a million expected by the end of voting it’s, with the exception of the Orange Intranet (which doesn’t count), my highest profile and most visited work so far.
Get on there and vote people and make me look good.