an unstyled list tag entry component managed by backbone
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An unstyled tag entry component built upon backbone. It is different to other tag components in that it is completely unstyled by default, and heavily opinionated.


<div id="etikett">

<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="underscore.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="backbone.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="etikett.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">


Add a tag entry component to the given element.


  • tags (optional) a backbone collection containing a list of tag models. The tag models must have at least a property with the name of the tag (to specify which property, check out the key option below)
  • key (optional) a string specifying the key on a tag object which should contain the name of the tag. defaults to "tag"

Access the model & view

$('#etikett').etikett(); // create etikett
$('#etikett').data('etikett') // -> { view: Backbone.View, tags: Backbone.Collection }

You can alter the tags collection and the interface will automatically follow.

Getting and setting an array of tags

The object returned by etikett() also has get() and set() methods that allow you to save and retrieve a regular array of tags.


Because etikett is unstyled, you need to add your own CSS. Here's what the structure looks like, for reference:

<div class="etikett">
  <span class="etikett-tag" data-cid="c4">
    Johanna Kurkela
    <span class="etikett-remove"></span>
  <span class="etikett-tag" data-cid="c5">
    <span class="etikett-remove"></span>
  <input class="etikett-input"/>
  <input class="etikett-keytrap" style="width:0px;opacity:0;border:none">

The main elements to style will be:

  • .etikett-tag a tag
  • .etikett-tag.selected a selected tag
  • .etikett-remove a remove button
  • .etikett-input the input area. should probably have a max-width

You should probably not style these:

  • .etikett-keytrap this is the keytrap that receives backspace/delete events. It has to be displayed (no display:none), but should not actually be visible. The default style attribute of the element will take care of this.

The data-cid attributes are used for internal book-keeping by etikett.