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NyroModal is a very flexible & customizable jQuery plugin for creating modal windows easily.

It can display any type of HTML objects:

  • with Ajax requests
  • by showing a hidden DOM element
  • as a gallery
  • forms, iframes..

jQuery Modal Windows: NyroModal

Besides the features mentioned, you can target the content inside an Ajax request or a form, resize the modal window from an Ajax request & more.

On every event, like showing or hiding the modal box, any animation can be defined too.

The plugin is very well-documented & presents various examples.

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  • Flash, Silverlight & JavaScript are already offering quality solutions for creating graphs. On the other hand, it is impressive to see what an be done in visualising data with CSS.

    After the pure CSS data chart, Css Globe is presenting a very creative tutorial (with source codes) on creating a pure CSS line graph.

    CSS Line Graph

    The solution creates a vertical/horizontal grid with dd & dl elements in the background. And, a smartly prepared image is used with CSS sprites technique to display the lines.

    Although it looks complicated, the technique is simple yet clever & inspiring.

    Veerle’s blog is presenting a tutorial, with source codes, on creating a simple & scalable css-based breadcrumbs.

    What are breadcumbs?

    From Wikipedia: Breadcrumbs or breadcrumb trail are a navigation technique used in user interfaces. Its purpose is to give users a way to keep track of their location within programs or documents.

    CSS Breadcrumbs

    Only 1 image is used for creating this navigation which is the seperator. It is a bigger image than the displayed one considering the breadcrumb will be scaled when needed.

    A handy resource on a method that is used in almost every web application. To see the demo, click here.

    This is an unobtrusive date-picker script with a variety of customization options.

    It can be accesses with keyboard, does not require embedded JavaScript blocks & pop-up windows.

    Datepicker Script

    This free date-picker script supports:

    • multiple date formats / date dividers
    • skinning via CSS
    • limiting the calendar with upper and lower dates
    • disabling certain days
    •  “smart” localisation
    • higlighting certain days
    • single text inputs, split text inputs or select lists

    Usage is very straightforward. After inserting the datepicker.js into the webpages, defining a class to the element which the date-picker will be activated is enough.

    Script can be currently reached from the source of the demo provided.

    Imagin is a feature-rich & free Flash gallery which can be customized easily.

    It supports multiple galleries with sub- galleries, can display jpg, png, gif, swf, flv, mp4 files & can present them as a slideshow.

    Imagin Flash Gallery

    This gallery application uses PHP at the backstage for loading images & automatic thumbnail generation.

    Galleries & sub-galleries are folders and files are loaded via FTP. Imagin does the rest for scanning the related folders & shoing them accordingly.

    Some features of Imagin

    • Few images are loaded in advance for faster navigation
    • Images can have a small description
    • Full screen mode
    • Basic html view of images
    • Full browser resizable interface
    • Right click menu. Link to an image or a gallery can be sent directly
    • Keyboard navigation (space, arrows, enter, escape)
    • Images scales down automaticaly to fit the browser size, or not if you don’t want

    To see its power, check the demos.

    Simpletip is a fresh & lightweight jQuery plugin for creating flexible tooltips.

    Tooltips can be attached to any element & easily styled in means of presentation & positioning.

    jQuery Simpletip Tooltip Plugin

    The tooltips can be static, dynamic or loaded via Ajax. And, any combination of effects can be applied to make them more attractive.

    Simpletip provides various options for max. customization. The plugin is well-documented & provides examples.

    NETTUTS is presenting a beautiful tutorial, prepared by Trevor Davis, for creating a functional portfolio page using jQuery.

    Once a category is clicked in the page, content is filtered accordingly & displayed with fadeIn/fadeOut effects.

    jQuery Portfolio

    It is possible to modify the interface provided easily by changing the effects used, like disabling items by applying opacity rather than hiding which is totally up to the imagination of everyone.

    The tutorial is very detailed & comes with the source files. A demo can be found here.

    WYMeditor is a free XHTML editor script that generates perfectly structured XHTML strict code.

    It doesn’t provide shortcuts for styling the fonts, colors, etc. For this reason, it calls itself WYSIWYM (what you see is what you "mean").

    This is a very nice feature to prevent novice users from breaking the styles of webpages (which happens most of the time).

    Free XHTML Editor

    WYMeditor is 100% JavaScript, has a skin support via CSS for customizing it and multilingual.

    Its makes integrations easier with the API/plugin support provided.

    S5 Reloaded is an extended version of S5, the popular standards based slideshow system by Eric Meyer.

    System has very nice features like:

    • auto-scaling of images/objects (whatever the size they originally are)
    • auto-play
    • sound & chart support
    • soft transitions between slides
    • a powerful control panel

    CSS Slideshow

    This slideshow application has theming support to better customize it (examples can be found here).

    P.S. For max. compatibility with the browsers, there is a special version: S5 1.29 a.k.a, which lacks of sound & charts.

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  • JS Charts is a free JavaScript library for creating good looking charts.

    Data to be visualized can be gathered from a JavaScript array or a XML file.

    Free JavaScript Charts

    The library supports 3 types of charts:

    • Bar charts
    • Pie charts
    • Line graphs

    Charts can be created & customized with ease (the type of the chart, colors to be used, titles of every unit).

    This free JavaScript charts library is well documented, provides examples and an online editor.

    P.S. Although the library is free to use, it requires that you register (again free).

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