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AnythingSlider jQuery Plugin

Just what the world needs, another jQuery slider. YAWN. I know, check this one out though, it’s got lots of cool features.


  • Slides are HTML Content (can be anything)
  • Optional Next Slide / Previous Slide Arrows
  • Navigation tabs are built and added dynamically (any number of slides)
  • Optional custom function for formatting navigation text
  • Auto-playing (optional feature, can start playing or stopped)
  • Each slide has a hashtag (can link directly to specific slides)
  • Infinite/Continuous sliding (always slides in the direction you are going, even at “last” slide)
  • Multiple sliders allowable per-page
  • Pauses autoPlay on hover (option)
  • Link to specific slides from static text links
  • Optionally autoPlay once through, stopping on the last page
  • Optionally resizes dimensions for each panel (specified per panel in css)

Default Options

$('#slider1, #slider2').anythingSlider({
	// Appearance
	width               : null,      // Override the default CSS width
	height              : null,      // Override the default CSS height
	resizeContents      : true       // If true, solitary images/objects in the panel will expand to fit the viewport

	// Navigation
	startPanel          : 1,         // This sets the initial panel
	hashTags            : true,      // Should links change the hashtag in the URL?
	buildArrows         : true,      // If true, builds the forwards and backwards buttons
	buildNavigation     : true,      // If true, builds a list of anchor links to link to each panel
	navigationFormatter : null,      // Details at the top of the file on this use (advanced use)
	forwardText         : "»", // Link text used to move the slider forward (hidden by CSS, replaced with arrow image)
	backText            : "«", // Link text used to move the slider back (hidden by CSS, replace with arrow image)

	// Slideshow options
	autoPlay            : true,      // This turns off the entire slideshow FUNCTIONALY, not just if it starts running or not
	startStopped        : false,     // If autoPlay is on, this can force it to start stopped
	pauseOnHover        : true,      // If true & the slideshow is active, the slideshow will pause on hover
	resumeOnVideoEnd    : true,      // If true & the slideshow is active & a youtube video is playing, it will pause the autoplay until the video is complete
	stopAtEnd           : false,     // If true & the slideshow is active, the slideshow will stop on the last page
	playRtl             : false,     // If true, the slideshow will move right-to-left
	startText           : "Start",   // Start button text
	stopText            : "Stop",    // Stop button text
	delay               : 3000,      // How long between slideshow transitions in AutoPlay mode (in milliseconds)
	animationTime       : 600,       // How long the slideshow transition takes (in milliseconds)
	easing              : "swing"    // Anything other than "linear" or "swing" requires the easing plugin


Getting current slide:
$(‘#slider1’).data(‘AnythingSlider’).currentPage; // returns page #

Setting current slide. External link example:
<a href=“#” id=“slide-jump”>Slide 4</a>

External Slideshow Control
$(‘#slider1’).data(‘AnythingSlider’).startStop(true);  // start the slideshow
$(‘#slider2’).data(‘AnythingSlider’).startStop(false); // stops the slideshow
$(‘#slider1’).data(‘AnythingSlider’).goForward(); // go forward one slide
$(‘#slider1’).data(‘AnythingSlider’).goBack(); // go back one slide

Formatting Navigation Text
To use the navigationFormatter option, you must have a function that accepts two parameters, and returns a string of HTML text.

  • index = integer index (1 based);
  • panel = jQuery wrapped LI item this tab references
  • Function must return a string of HTML/Text
  • Here is a sample formatter (view index.html page source for another example):
    navigationFormatter : function(index, panel){
    return " Panel #" + index; // This would have each tab with the text ‘Panel #X’ where X = index


Version 1.3.7

  • Added startPanel option.
  • Added playRtl option to reverse the play direction.
  • Added back stopAtEnd option (not should how it was removed from the options).
  • Added resumeOnVideoEnd option to prevent an active slideshow from pausing a video.
  • Changed location of reverse reference from the wrapping div (“anythingSlider” class) to the original ul (“silder1” id in the first example) – updated instructions.
  • Fixed height/width options to accept strings (e.g. “400px” instead of a number, it may not work properly if values are other than the numnber of pixels).
  • Fixed setting to accept strings (e.g. $(slider).anythingSlider(" 1 ")) as well as numbers.
  • Fixed problem with objects (youtube videos) flickering in Firefox by setting resizeContent to false.
  • Fixed problem that occurs when using an incorrect easing function name (submitted ticket: )
  • Reorganized, cleaned up the code and updated the demos & instructions.

Version 1.3.6

  • Fixed minor bug with links to specific slides and updated example to reflect changes and be less confusing
  • Tweaked start/stop button css to be more maleable

Version 1.3.5

  • Added resizePanel option – does not support percentage sizing.
    • When true, it will resize all panels & solitary content to the size settings (CSS or the script options).
    • When false, the AnythingSlider wrapper will resize to fit the panel (set inline or in the CSS for each panel).
  • Fixed keyboard navigation to work with multiple AnythingSliders on a page.
  • Added tabbed navigation. Both the links within panels and the thumbnail navigation will activate it.

Version 1.3.4

  • Added keyboard navigation.
  • Embeded objects will now resize to fit the panel.
  • YouTube videos will pause the video when it is not in view and play (if already started) if it is in view.
    Note: this feature only works in non-IE browsers and when the files are hosted on a webserver as the flash player restricts calls between local files and the internet.
  • Modified code according to JSLint & added minified version.

Version 1.3.3

  • Previous / Next arrows are now optional
  • Clicking start button immediately begins transition instead of waiting for the delay

Version 1.3.2

  • Greatly refactored CSS for a more fluid resizing behavior
  • Dimensions can be passed via javascript or modified at the top of the css file
  • Merged all Github forks
  • Wrapper DIVs (<div class="anythingSlider"><div class="wrapper">) no longer required in html. Divs are generated in jquery
  • Improved CSS scope and classes, Javascript degredation behaves differently however
  • Hash URLS now work for multiple panels

Version 1.3

  • Accessibility improvements by Matt Lawson
  • Some generic JavaScript/HTML/CSS code cleaning
  • Move to GitHub entirely
  • Ensures unique panel ID’s
  • Removes navigation if there is only one panel
  • Added option to stop on the last page when autoPlay is set to true

Version 1.2

  • Bug Fix: When autoPlay was set to false, any interaction with the control would cause a javascript error.

Version 1.1

  • Changed default easing to “swing” so didn’t depend on any other plugins
  • Removed extra junk (other plugins used for design, etc)
  • Added Pause on Hover option
  • Added options for passing in HTML for the start and stop button
  • Added option to use custom function for formatting the titles of the navigation
  • Added public interface for linking directly to certain slides

Version 1.0

  • First version
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