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A webpage showing a Lightbox 2 window.
|Stable release||2.04 / March 9, 2008|
|License||Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License|
How it works
On a Lightbox-enabled page, a user can click an image to have it magnified in a Lightbox window, which resizes itself according to the size of the image using a gliding animation. Lightbox determines which images will be shown in the modal window through the XHTML "rel" attribute, which is used on an <a> element wrapped around the <img> element. Lightbox also provides a way to attach captions to images and to run a slide show, which can be navigated using the arrow keys.
Lightbox permits users to view larger versions of images without having to leave the current page, and is also able to display simple slideshows. The use of the dark background, which dims the page over which the image has been overlaid, also serves to highlight the image being viewed.
Many users have also noted that there is a lack of compatibility across the Internet Explorer range of browsers. Even Internet Explorer 8 Beta has shown issues on some sites. However, many times the compatibility issues can be attributed to users not reading the documentation on how to make lightbox function correctly in these browsers.
- ↑ Herrington, Jack D. "Ajax and XML: Ajax for lightboxes". IBM DeveloperWorks. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/x-ajaxxml6/. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Schmitt, Christopher (2006). CSS Cookbook. O'Reilly. pp. p. 204. ISBN 0596527411.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Zervaas, Quentin (2007). Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP. Springer. pp. p. 423. ISBN 1590599063.
- ↑ Campbell, Debbie (February 15, 2007). "Thickbox - For Image Display and Slideshows". WebProNews. http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/02/15/thickbox-for-image-display-and-slideshows. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
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