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jQuery Photo Slide Show with Slick Caption Tutorial Revisited

Written by Kevin Liew on 16 Dec 2009
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Introduction

If you have been reading my website from the start you would have read this tutorial:

Simple jQuery Image Slide Show with Semi Transparent Caption

It's a very famous post because it has been showcased in several major web design blogs so many times and I received a lot of traffic from it. Thanks guys. I get a lot of comment and as I replied to those comments and do some quick fixes, I realized that this script has a caption bug and inefficient and not up to standard (oh well, that's the time when I was start picking up jQuery :)), so I have decided to do revisit to solve all those problems discovered by readers. I rewrote the html structure and modify the script.

Mission Objectives:

  • Restructure the HTML, more semantic
  • Fix the caption bug, it displays the next caption too fast
  • W3C standard compliant, using appropriate attribute to store title and description
  • Cross Browser - Chrome, Safari, IE6, 7, 8 and Firefox.

However, one thing though, it needs javascript, if your browser is javascript disabled, sorry, there is no graceful degradation for this script, it will just display the first item.

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1. HTML

Yes, I'm using list this time :) This is how it should have been afterall. No more REL attribute, we wil be using TITLE Attribute to store the heading and ALT attribute to store the description. For the caption elements, it will be added using jQuery. So, this is it - a clean and simple HTML code.

<ul class="slideshow">
	<li class="show"><a href="#"><img src="images/s1.gif" width="450" height="200" title="Slide 1" alt="Short Description"/></a></li>
	<li><a href="#"><img src="images/s2.gif" width="450" height="200" title="Slide 2" alt="Short Description"/></a></li>
	<li><a href="#"><img src="images/s3.gif" width="450" height="200" title="Slide 3" alt="Short Description"/></a></li>
</ul>

2. CSS

CSS code is rewritten completely. I guarantee it's cross browser compliant. They all look identical and it works great :) I did learn a lot of CSS technique through this blog. We all can improve our skills through tips, tricks, trials and errors. Read these posts to learn more about CSS:

body {
	font-family:arial;	
	font-size:12px;
}

ul.slideshow {
	list-style:none;
	width:450px;
	height:200px;
	overflow:hidden;
	position:relative;
	margin:0;
	padding:0;
	
}	

ul.slideshow li {
	position:absolute;
	left:0;
	right:0;
}

ul.slideshow li.show {
	z-index:500;	
}

ul img {
	border:none;	
}

#slideshow-caption {
	width:450px;
	height:70px;
	position:absolute;
	bottom:0;
	left:0;	
	color:#fff;
	background:#000;
	z-index:500;
}

#slideshow-caption .slideshow-caption-container {
	padding:5px 10px;	
	z-index:1000;	
}

#slideshow-caption h3 {
	margin:0;
	padding:0;	
	font-size:14px;
}

#slideshow-caption p {
	margin:5px 0 0 0;
	padding:0;
}

3. Javascript

We will going to use call back function to display caption. This will solve the "Caption Is Appearing Before The Next Slide Syndrome" :). Not too much of changes in javascript but I do added a feature though. On mouse over the slide will pause, and resume it back on mouse out. I think it's a good touch.

$(document).ready(function() {		
	
	//Execute the slideShow, set 4 seconds for each images
	slideShow(2000);

});

function slideShow(speed) {


	//append a LI item to the UL list for displaying caption
	$('ul.slideshow').append('
  •  
'); //Set the opacity of all images to 0 $('ul.slideshow li').css({opacity: 0.0}); //Get the first image and display it (set it to full opacity) $('ul.slideshow li:first').css({opacity: 1.0}).addClass('show'); //Get the caption of the first image from REL attribute and display it $('#slideshow-caption h3').html($('ul.slideshow li.show').find('img').attr('title')); $('#slideshow-caption p').html($('ul.slideshow li.show').find('img').attr('alt')); //Display the caption $('#slideshow-caption').css({opacity: 0.7, bottom:0}); //Call the gallery function to run the slideshow var timer = setInterval('gallery()',speed); //pause the slideshow on mouse over $('ul.slideshow').hover( function () { clearInterval(timer); }, function () { timer = setInterval('gallery()',speed); } ); } function gallery() { //if no IMGs have the show class, grab the first image var current = ($('ul.slideshow li.show')? $('ul.slideshow li.show') : $('#ul.slideshow li:first')); //trying to avoid speed issue if(current.queue('fx').length == 0) { //Get next image, if it reached the end of the slideshow, rotate it back to the first image var next = ((current.next().length) ? ((current.next().attr('id') == 'slideshow-caption')? $('ul.slideshow li:first') :current.next()) : $('ul.slideshow li:first')); //Get next image caption var title = next.find('img').attr('title'); var desc = next.find('img').attr('alt'); //Set the fade in effect for the next image, show class has higher z-index next.css({opacity: 0.0}).addClass('show').animate({opacity: 1.0}, 1000); //Hide the caption first, and then set and display the caption $('#slideshow-caption').slideToggle(300, function () { $('#slideshow-caption h3').html(title); $('#slideshow-caption p').html(desc); $('#slideshow-caption').slideToggle(500); }); //Hide the current image current.animate({opacity: 0.0}, 1000).removeClass('show'); } }

Updates

2010-09-10: Thanks to Rezzie who nailed the IE8 issue! :)

Updated the article and scripts, the link issue is fixed. :) Sorry for the delay.

Speed Issue

This is one of the issue that has been haunted me for a while, but thanks to Sam, one of our reader, he pointed out this would solve the issue, but with mixed result in IE.

Sam's solution, you need to add this:

$(window).focus(function () {
	timer = setInterval('gallery()', speed); 
});
$(window).blur(function () {
	clearInterval(timer);
});

James Burnett's solution, you modify the gallery function():

function gallery() {
	var current = ($('ul.slideshow li.show')? $('ul.slideshow li.show') : $('#ul.slideshow li:first'));

	if(current.queue('fx').length == 0) {
		
		// grab next image and animate code in here
		......
		......
		......
		
	}
}

Also, did some research, found the reason why it's doing it: From jQuery Animate Documentation: Because of the nature of requestAnimationFrame(), you should never queue animations using a setInterval or setTimeout loop. In order to preserve CPU resources, browsers that support requestAnimationFrame will not update animations when the window/tab is not displayed. If you continue to queue animations via setInterval or setTimeout while animation is paused, all of the queued animations will begin playing when the window/tab regains focus. To avoid this potential problem, use the callback of your last animation in the loop, or append a function to the elements .queue() to set the timeout to start the next animation.

Sorry guys, I don't have time to put all these together. Please let me know it works.

Randomize Slides

Simple yet effective solution from another reader - Blastos

Before the ending of function slideShow(), put this in:

//Generate a random number
var randNum = Math.floor(Math.random() * $('ul.slideshow li').length);

//Randomly pick up a slide
$('ul.slideshow li:eq('+randNum+')').addClass('show');

Caption doesn't appear for the first slide

I think it has to be the ommitted A tag for some users. Ammended the script, it should be fixed now.

Conclusion

I have made a lot of tutorials, and I think it's good to do a revisit to make it more efficient and solve some of the annoying bugs instead of quick fixes. So, yea, from now on, I will check my previous tutorials and rewrite them. :)

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488 comments
DefileMeElmo 5 years ago
This is a GREAT simple slideshow. Probably one of the best I've seen that doesn't require JQuery Cycle. My only question is how to create a navigation menu that brings up the slides when a user clicks on it (which would also reset setInterval)?
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Martin 5 years ago
fantastic slider!
unfortunately results a W3C validation error..
Line 286, Column 70: document type does not allow element "li" here..
http://www.comune.miasino.no.it/3_0/page20/page20_1.html
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Kevin Liew Admin 5 years ago
If you create a file and link the javascript externally it will be fine. Or wrap your javascript with CDATA.
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ELowe 5 years ago
Great slideshow. I was able to integrate this into my custom Thesis theme without any issues whatsoever. Thanks!!!
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Ivan 5 years ago
Great tutorial, I dont know much abt JQuery and I know there are 2 options here to slow down the slide but I dont know where to place the code solutions provided by "Sam" and "James Burnett's"

Can anyone help with a step by step in order to slow down the speed on the slide??
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Thilanka 5 years ago
plz plz create this as the image caption pop up on the mouse over

Thank you.
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david 5 years ago
I'm a complete notice at this. To add this carousel functionality, would I copy the contents of the 'jquery-slideshow.html and add it to the default.aspx file ?

Thanks

David
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amanda 4 years ago
This is working fantastically but I am hoping to expand it a bit. I am trying to use this universally in a CMS that a client will want to edit, and some pages only have one image. Currently this behaves a bit oddly (see example here: http://wyrmwyrx.com/te-moore/paintings/cloister-san-marcos/).

Can you recommend a way to edit the plugin so that if there is only one image, it will remain static? or some solution that would give the appearance of it being static?

Thanks!
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Nick 4 years ago
How can we add responsiveness like the slideshow at http://responsive-slides.viljamis.com/ ?
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martvin 4 years ago
in randomize:
var randNum = Math.floor(Math.random() * $('ul.slideshow li').length);

I use :
$('ul.slideshow img').length
because "ul.slideshow li" count "li.caption" too and array is always one element longer than necessary
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edo 4 years ago
Can you please fix the js code in the article? thank you.
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Inder 4 years ago
Thank You soooooooo much for such beautiful tool .. .You saved my lot of time ...
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Wayne 4 years ago
Finally, a slideshow that meets my needs: captioning where I can control the height of the captions; the display of images of different sizes; and the ability to have the images centered within the display frame. Thank you! If there are copyright issues in using the code, please let me know.
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Anjum 4 years ago
Thanx!
worked like a charm
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