Really Simple jQuery Tabs

Bugged by popular jQuery tab content rotators that a bulky, non semantic, to fast/slow, or can’t use custom HTML anywhere you want? Really Simple jQuery Tabs is a jQuery plugin that tries to address each one of those issues. It’s goal is to be as simple and flexible as possible. You can completely rip-out and replace the CSS with your own, changing elements position, styling, etc. It is quite small: at 844 bytes your bandwidth won’t know the difference!

And oh yeah: they rotate!

I have used several jQuery tab/content rotators/panels/things and, although each has been extensively developed and tested, am always left with the feeling that something is missing:

  • This one doesn’t let use put your own HTML in the tab-link
  • That one only supports images
  • The other one is 10,000 lines of code and you only use it once
  • This one cycles too fast/slow

The purpose of Really Simple jQuery Tabs is to be really simple and really flexible.

You can:

  • Add HTML to your semantically correct list item tab-links
  • Panes are regular DIVS – put images, text, AJAX loaded content, etc. up in that DIV
  • Specify (down to milliseconds) how fast to cycle, if you want to cycle at all
  • bonus feature: only 844 bytes!
  • Completely customize the CSS to affect layout, coloring, etc…

Before you get too far: Check out a simply -styled DEMO 

Or, see it in action at:

Implement it like this:

And the markup looks like this:

Notice that semantic markup? Yeah, me too. It was written to be as flexible and extensible as possible.

Now download the source and do your thing!

Convert < address > tags into Google Map link using jQuery

Relevant Stack Overflow Question

While designing a page template for a University today, I realized that there were many areas of the future pages that would include street addresses: buildings, conferences, offices, ect..  I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if these addresses were links to Google Maps?” Then people could easily find directions or set their phone GPS whilst driving (at a red light of course).

However, I quickly realized that in such a large institution as I am, that no faculty member would take the time to include a maps link.  As always, such wondering is the stuff of inspiration.  With a little bit of thought, I began writing a little jQuery function that could fulfill my dream.


The function scans the entire webpage for instances of the <Address> tag:

And surrounds the address with a link to Google Maps:

Here is the jQuery Function:

Update: 11/27/2012 – Bug fix and code prettyfication.

100% Height Div with 2 lines of code

2016 Edit: This post is really out-dated. If you are looking for a solution for 100% height divs, please use modern css as described here /2016/modern-100-percent-height-css/

EDIT: This post has several code-blocks of JavaScript to keep two divs at an equal height. I recommend the last method, if you are using jQuery — It seems to be more adaptive to different div content, working in more situations.

Check out the DEMO first, to see if this is what you want

The problem: Creating a div that auto-expands to 100% height of its container. The most common occurrence would be creating a two column layout for a menu, sidebar ads, etc…

The solution that never actually works:

“Since divs automatically inherit the height of their parent, if your parent doesn’t have height set, you cant get 100% of nothing. Set the parents height and it will work.”  Pshaw, I say.  While this may be the accepted standards mantra, I have never seen it actually work in a modern browser.

100 Percent Div Tutorial
Div! Y U NO Expand?!?

The Easy Solution (in 2 lines of code):

Working Demo on jsfiddle

Well, that’s actually 4 lines, if you include the script tag… But just 2 lines of JavaScript.

If you would like to keep the expanding div from collapsing too far, or expanding to much, simply add a conditional statement around the second line, like so:

Short Explanation:

Line 1 creates a new variable “h” and assigns this variable the height of an element found. This does not return the “height:” as specified in CSS, it returns the actual height of the document as it is displayed on the screen.

Line 2 fills the “height:” style value of the other, shorter, element with the variable h + “px”

Put this code near the end of your document, probably right before the body tag, and it will run right when the page loads. You could also wrap this in a jquery $(window).load, or even a $(document).ready. As it is, though, there is no library dependency – just plain-old-JavaScript!

Or, do it with jQuery instead:

Commenter Ivan couldn’t get this code working for him, so he rewrote it using jQuery. I have further rewritten his original code to be a bit shorter, and activate when the content of both divs has fully loaded. I recommend this method — if you are already loading jQuery — as it seems to work much better with dynamically loaded content.

Working jQuery demo


Edit #2 — There is a jQuery plugin called equalHeight that accomplishes this pretty easily

Check out my post 100% height using jQuery for more information about it.