Shadowbox was designed with both the web hobbyist and the experienced programmer in mind. As such, it can easily be added to any web page with very little time and effort using the default settings. At the same time, Shadowbox offers a great deal of flexibility for those users who need to fine-tune the details of its appearance and operation for a given project.
This page contains detailed instructions on how to set up and run Shadowbox from both perspectives.
<head> of your document (web page) and then call
Shadowbox.init, like this:
The following example is a bit more complex and uses an object literal to specify some options. Options passed to this method will become the default for all instances of Shadowbox on the page.
Next you need to tell Shadowbox which links you want it to open. The simplest way to do this is through your HTML markup. If you’re going to take this route, at the very least you must add a
rel="shadowbox" attribute to each link. For example, say you have this link to an image on your page:
<a href="myimage.jpg">My Image</a>
In order to set up this link for use with Shadowbox, simply change it to this:
<a href="myimage.jpg" rel="shadowbox">My Image</a>
That’s it! Clicking on this link should now open up the image in Shadowbox.
lightbox will also work here. This feature was added for compatibility with the original Lightbox script. Also note that because HTML area tags do not support the
rel attribute, you cannot use this method to set them up for use with Shadowbox. Instead, use
Shadowbox.setup as described below.
If you would like to display a title for your image, simply add a
title attribute to the link.
<a href="myimage.jpg" rel="shadowbox" title="My Image">My Image</a>
You must explicitly tell Shadowbox the dimensions to use to display content other than images. This is done by adding a few parameters to the end of the
rel attribute, separated by semi-colons. To specify a movie’s height and width (in pixels), use the
<a href="mymovie.swf" rel="shadowbox;height=140;width=120">My Movie</a>
In addition to displaying single images and movies, Shadowbox is also capable of displaying galleries of content. In order to designate a link as part of a gallery, you must add the gallery name to the
rel attribute between square brackets immediately following the word
shadowbox. The following markup creates a gallery called “Vacation” with two pictures.
<a href="beach.jpg" rel="shadowbox[Vacation]">The Beach</a> <a href="pier.jpg" rel="shadowbox[Vacation]">The Pier</a>
Galleries may be composed of content of many different types. The following markup demonstrates how various media can be combined into a single gallery.
<a rel="shadowbox[Mixed];" href="myimage.jpg">jpg</a> <a rel="shadowbox[Mixed];width=520;height=390" href="myswf.swf">swf</a> <a rel="shadowbox[Mixed];width=292;height=218" href="mymovie.mp4">movie</a> <a rel="shadowbox[Mixed]" href="mywebsite.html">iframe</a>
If you were paying attention in the section about markup, you’ll notice that there are several properties that are commonly present on a Shadowbox content object. They are listed in the table below.
|content||The actual content of the object (e.g. URL, HTML code, etc.)|
|player||The abbreviated name of the player to use for the object (optional, can be automatically determined in most cases)|
|title||The title to use for the object (optional)|
|gallery||The name of the gallery the object belongs to (optional)|
|height||The height of the object (in pixels, only required for movies and Flash)|
|width||The width of the object (in pixels, only required for movies and Flash)|
|options||A set of options to use for this object|
When using markup, each of these properties is automatically derived from the link element itself using the
Shadowbox.buildObject method. But now that you know what’s really going on behind the scenes, you can just pass objects (or arrays of objects) that contain these properties to
Shadowbox.open as in the following example:
You can also use
Shadowbox.setup to manually set up link elements for use with Shadowbox. This can be useful, for example, if you have a page that is updated via Ajax with links being created and destroyed dynamically.
When using this method to set up links with Shadowbox, you may mix in the link parameters with the options argument as the second parameter. However, the same parameters will apply to all links set up in the same call, so you may want to make separate calls to
Shadowbox.setup for each link.
NOTE:The first parameter to
Shadowbox.setup may be a single link element, an array of elements, a CSS selector (assuming you included CSS support when you downloaded the code), or an array in which the first item is a CSS selector and the second item is the context element under which the selection should take place.