Archive for February 26th, 2014

There have been a lot of times I have needed some information for a bililiteRange plugin that was associated with the underlying element, rather than a specific range. For instance, in bililiteRange(element).text('foo') then bililiteRange(element).undo() the undo needs to know about the previous text change. jQuery has a data() method that attaches an object to the element and you can add fields to that object. Actually, it only attaches an index that points to the actual object, since at least in some browsers the garbage collector had trouble with Javascript objects attached to DOM elements and you ended up with memory leaks. I'm not sure if that is still a problem, but it's an easy enough pattern to implement so I used it.

I didn't want to be jQuery-dependent and I wanted to be able to some more sophisticated things with my data, so I implemented my own. At its simplest, just use:

var data = bililiteRange(element).data(); = 'bar';
assert(bililiteRange(element).data().foo == 'bar');

bililiteRange(element).data() returns an object that you can add fields to and they will be saved across multiple calls to bililiteRange.

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Someone asked about adding a "today" button/link to flexcal. It's actually pretty simple:

<input id="date1"/>

$('#date1').flexcal({'class': 'multicalendar', calendars: ['en','he-jewish']});
var todaylink = $('<a>Today</a>').attr({
  'class': 'commit',
  rel: $.bililite.flexcal.date2string(new Date),
  title: $('#date1').flexcal('format', new Date),
  style: 'text-decoration: underline; cursor: pointer'

The key is the todaylink which I append to the calendar (the $('#date1').flexcal('box').find('.ui-flexcal') line). The underlying code uses the rel attribute to determine what day a given <a> in the calendar should go to; use $.bililite.flexcal.date2string(d) to get the right format for a given Date object. The $('#date1').flexcal('format', d) is the displayed format for a given date; you can override that (say to use a European day-month-year format).

The class of the link determines what do to: 'class': 'commit' sets the date in the input box and hides the datepicker; 'class': 'go' would just have the datepicker display that date.