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timeago: a jQuery plugin

Timeago is a jQuery plugin that makes it easy to support automatically updating fuzzy timestamps (e.g. "4 minutes ago" or "about 1 day ago") from ISO 8601 formatted dates and times embedded in your HTML (à la microformats).


First, load jQuery and the plugin:

<script src="jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="jquery.timeago.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Now, let's attach it to your timestamps on DOM ready - put this in the head section:

<script type="text/javascript">
   jQuery(document).ready(function() {

This will turn all abbr elements with a class of timeago and an ISO 8601 timestamp in the title (conforming to the datetime design pattern microformat):

<abbr class="timeago" title="2011-12-17T09:24:17Z">December 17, 2011</abbr>

into something like this:

<abbr class="timeago" title="December 17, 2011">about 1 day ago</abbr>

HTML5 <time> elements are also supported:

<time class="timeago" datetime="2011-12-17T09:24:17Z">December 17, 2011</time>

As time passes, the timestamps will automatically update.

For more usage and examples:

For different language configurations: visit the locales directory.


Ryan McGeary (@rmm5t)


MIT License

Copyright (c) 2008-2012, Ryan McGeary (ryan -[at]- mcgeary [dot] org)