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Collapse Boxes
Feb 6 2013, 11:40 am
By: Jack  

Feb 6 2013, 11:40 am Jack Post #1

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Hi everyone,

I'm currently working on a website and would like to know a better way to do collapse boxes than the way I am currently. As far as I can see, the way SEN's collapse boxes work is that every time the BBcode parser finds [Collapse], it generates a new col_12312312523523 or similiar, so that each collapse box is uniquely identified. Basically I'd like to have a look at exactly how SEN does it, or else some advice on how to do it from others who have. I know how to make a collapse box, but it's the unique identifiers and how the page knows which ones are which from just the BBCode parsing that I'd like help on.

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Feb 6 2013, 3:45 pm Biophysicist Post #2

In your <head> tag, add the following:

<script type="text/javascript">
function toggleBox(button) {
var cbox = button.parentNode.getElementsByTagName("div")[0];
if( == "block") = "none";
else = "block";

Now, for your BBCode, you'll want the following structure:
<div class="cbox">
<input type="button" onclick="toggleBox(this);" value="Toggle Collapse Box" />
<div style="display:none;">blah blah contents go here blah</div>

Untested, but I'm confident it'll work.

EDIT: If you're using someone else's forum software and can't easily modify the <head> tag, which is sometimes the case, then you can do the JS inline if needed. But that's dumb.


Feb 6 2013, 8:32 pm Dem0n Post #3

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You should make it so that clicking anywhere on the box opens it, instead of having to click to on a small button in the corner.

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Feb 6 2013, 9:36 pm Jack Post #4

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Bio, thanks very much for your help!

Dem0n, yeah I can do that, good idea.

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Feb 7 2013, 10:16 pm ShadowFlare Post #5

I seem to recall seeing the source for a page that used CSS to apply the onclick handler so you would only need to assign the class to the HTML element. I don't remember exactly what it looked like, though.


Feb 8 2013, 12:38 am Roy Post #6

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CSS is supposed to be for styling and layout, not behavior. I did a quick search for CSS click events and I only really saw clever little hacks than a native implementation: it seems more academic than practical.

On that note, you shouldn't couple your HTML to your JavaScript; the HTML shouldn't know about it. The only real criticism I have for Bio's approach is that he's calling the JS method from the HTML (which is a common practice, but not a good one, in my opinion). Here's how I would change it:

<script type="text/javascript">
       $('.cbox').on('click', '.cbox-header', function(e) {
           if($('span')) {
               return false; // Ignore clicks on span text
I used jQuery, by the way. I would recommend it.

<div class="cbox">
   <div class="cbox-header">
       <span>Collapse Box</span>
   <div class="cbox-content" style="display:none;">blah blah contents go here blah</div>

Changed the input button to just a regular button. Otherwise, basically the exact same idea.

See this JsFiddle for a sample implementation of the above (I stole basically all of the CSS styling from Sen). I even made it expand when you click anywhere on the header (except the span text) like Demon suggested.

Edit: Made it better.

Post has been edited 8 time(s), last time on Feb 8 2013, 2:53 am by Roy.

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