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JQuery plugin for HTML5 native Drag&Drop

This is a work in progress. Tested on Firefox 3.6 and Safari 4.0.4 on MacOS. Comments are welcome.

Fixing JQuery events

The plugin restore the dataTransfer property to JQuery events:

$('img').bind('dragstart', function(e) {
    e.dataTransfer.setData( 'URL', $(this).attr('href) ) // <-- yes e.dataTransfer is now available!
})

Shortcut methods

The plugin add needed events binding shortcut methods:

  • $.drag()
  • $.dragenter()
  • $.dragleave()
  • $.dragover()
  • $.dragstart()
  • $.dragend()
  • $.drop()

For example:

$('img').dragstart(function() {
    e.dataTransfer.setData( 'URL', $(this).attr('href) ) 
})

Fixing CSS

Webkit based browser need a custom CSS rule to define elements as draggable. The plugin insert it automatically.

In fact, these rules are inserted to the current document:

[draggable=true] {
    -webkit-user-drag: element; 
    -webkit-user-select: none; 
    -moz-user-select: none;
}

$.draggable()

.draggable( dragstartHandler, [dragendHandler] )

The .draggable method allows to define a element as draggable, and help to set the dataTranser content. You return the dataTranser content as a JSON object in the dragstart handler.

Elements must define the draggable=“true” attribute.

$('img').draggable(
    function() {
        return {
            'URL': $(this).attr('href'),
            'Text': $(this).attr('alt') || $(this).attr('href')
        }
    }
)

You can also add the effect property to define the allowed drag effects:

$('img').draggable(
    function() {
        return {
            effect: 'copyMove',
            'URL': $(this).attr('href'),
            'Text': $(this).attr('alt') || $(this).attr('href')
        }
    }
)

.draggable uses live events. That means that you can add new draggable elements matching the selector in the document later.

$.droppable()

.droppable( contentTypes, [dragenterHandler], [dragleaveHandler], [drophandler] )

The .droppable method allows to define a element as a drop zone for several data types. The dragenter and dragleave handler are called when the drop zone receive a drag of a expected content type (in the same time it fix problems caused by events bubbling in contained elements).

The contentTypes argument is a list of space separated accepted content type. Using ‘*’ means that the drop zone accept anything.

Example:

$('#events').droppable(
    'text/x-vCalendar',
    function() {
        $(this).addClass('dropZone')
    },
    function() {
        $(this).removeClass('dropZone')
    },
    function(e) {
        alert( 'Dropped --> ' + e.dataTransfer.getData('text/x-vCalendar') )
    }
)

The standard content types shortcuts URL, Text and Files are supported.

.droppable uses live events. That means that you can add new drop zones matching the selector in the document later.

Demonstration

The example.html file contains several examples.

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