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Five Useful Interactive CSS/jQuery Techniques Deconstructed

With the wide variety of CSS3 and JavaScript techniques available today, it's easier than ever to create unique interactive websites that delight visitors and provide a more engaging user experience. In this article, we'll walk through five interactive techniques that you can start using right now. We'll cover animated text effects, animated images without GIFs, mega drop-down menus, fancy slideshow navigation and animated icons for the hover state of buttons.

Five Useful Interactive CSS/jQuery Techniques Deconstruted

Besides learning how to accomplish these specific tasks, you'll also master a variety of useful CSS and jQuery tricks that you can leverage when creating your own interactive techniques. The solutions presented here are certainly not perfect, so any thoughts, ideas and suggestions on how you would solve these design problems would be very appreciated.

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Five Useful CSS/jQuery Coding Techniques For More Dynamic Websites

Interactivity can transform a dull static website into a dynamic tool that not only delights users but conveys information more effectively. In this post, we'll walk through five different coding techniques that can be easily implemented on any website to provide a richer user experience. These techniques will allow you to better display difficult content, help users find information more effectively and provide meaningful UI cues without overwhelming the user: on-page text search, drag controls for oversized content, subtle hover effects, comment count bars and a full-page slider.

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Websites often have search boxes to allow users to find content from their archives. But what if you want to find content on the given page? Information Architects has had on-page text search that provides a great user experience. Let's recreate this using jQuery.

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jQuery Plugin Checklist: Should You Use That jQuery Plug-In?

jQuery plug-ins provide an excellent way to save time and streamline development, allowing programmers to avoid having to build every component from scratch. But plug-ins are also a wild card that introduce an element of uncertainty into any code base. A good plug-in saves countless development hours; a bad plug-in leads to bug fixes that take longer than actually building the component from scratch.

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Fortunately, one usually has a number of different plug-ins to choose from. But even if you have only one, figure out whether it's worth using at all. The last thing you want to do is introduce bad code into your code base. The first step is to figure out whether you even need a plug-in. If you don’t, you’ll save yourself both file size and time.

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