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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:

  jQuery(document).ready(function() {

This will turn all abbr elements with a class of timeago and an ISO 8601 timestamp in the title:

<abbr class="timeago" title="2008-07-17T09:24:17Z">July 17, 2008</abbr>

into something like this:

<abbr class="timeago" title="2008-07-17T09:24:17Z">about 1 day ago</abbr>

As time passes, the timestamps will automatically update.

For more usage and examples:


MIT License

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

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