Tag Archives: jQuery

Javascript – Check if user is idle

Nowadays, websites are becoming more advanced with many different features. Sometimes it would be beneficial if we could switch off them on the client browser when the user is idle for a period of time in order to reduce the web server loading.

Here is a Javascript example which would pop up an alert box if the mouse doesn’t move for 3 mins.

$(document).ready(function () {
  // Set timer to check if user is idle
  var idleTimer;
    // clear prior timeout, if any

    // create new timeout (3 mins)
    idleTimer = window.setTimeout(isIdle, 180000);

  function isIdle() {
    alert("3 mins have passed without moving the mouse.");


Done =)

Reference: StackOverflow – Detecting idle time in JavaScript elegantly

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jQuery – Select elements with or without specific child

In jQuery, the has() method allow us to reduce the set of matched elements which only contains the specified child. For example:

  <li>list item 1</li>
  <li>list item 2
      <li>list item 2-a</li>
      <li>list item 2-b</li>
  <li>list item 3</li>
  <li>list item 4</li>


// Set background color to red to the li which contains ul
$("li").has("ul").css("background-color", "red");

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Javascript – Implement touch and gesture based interaction using hammer.js

We have talked about TouchSwipe in previously.


Unlike TouchSwipe which is a jQuery plugin, hammer.js is independent of jQuery. It supports tap, swipe, drag and other mobile touch events. Here is an simple example.
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TouchSwipe – Implement delegated swipe event for inner elements

In the previous post, we attach the swipe event listener directly on the #box element.


How about if your target elements is dynamically added to the DOM? In that case, the event listener would not work for the newly inserted inner elements. A work around is attached the event listener to the parent element instead. Here is another example for the delegated event implementation of TouchSwipe.
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jQuery – Implement touch and gesture based interaction using TouchSwipe

Here is an example for a simple swiping implementation using TouchSwipe.

<!doctype html>
  <title>Eureka! - TouchSwipe Example</title>
  <style type="text/css">
    #box {
      background-color: green;
      width: 400px;
      height: 225px;
      line-height: 225px;
      text-align: center;
  <div id="box">Swipe here!</div>
  <script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.10.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
  <script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.touchSwipe.min.js"></script>
  <script type="text/javascript">
      swipe: function(event, direction, distance, duration, fingerCount) {
        $(this).text("You swiped " + direction );


Done =)

Reference: TouchSwipe: a jQuery plugin for touch and gesture-based interaction

jQuery NiceScroll Plugin doesn’t work for dynamic content

jQuery NiceScroll Plugin is a very convenient tool for customizing your website scrollbar.
Create a better scrollbar using jQuery NiceScroll Plugin

By default, the scrollbar is hidden if the content doesn’t exceed the content wrapper height. So if you have dynamic content, you have to tell the NiceScroll plugin to resize otherwise the scrollbar doesn’t show.

Let’s start with the following index.html.
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