Archive for June, 2009

SelectList 0.1

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I have developed a new jQuery plugin, called selectList. It’s purpose is to transform the standard multiple selection box used in web forms into a nicely looking list that you can add items to and remove items from. So, it turns this:

Traditional selection box

Into this:

selectList

Apart from the more attractive appearance, the list approach is also better in terms of user friendliness, as all the selected items are shown to the user all the time. With the traditional solution, the user often has to scroll the box to check if all the desired options have been highlighted.

The plugin is actually an extension of the idea that I demonstrated in an article on multiple select fields that I wrote some time ago. Back when I wrote it, I thought of developing this plugin, and, well, I finally had a spare afternoon to write it (and half of night to deal with browser incompatibilities). Be my guest and take a look at the project page and some examples — as usual, your feedback is more than welcome.

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