Expounder is a small JS library that implements a concept I had for adaptable experience levels in educational texts. In more concrete terms, expounder allows authors of tutorials to hide their explanations if they expect readers to be familiar with a concept. The author can choose to add a link to the concept, which will appear underlined, and the reader can click on it to expand the next few sentences, paragraph or any other element that explains the concept.
This way, people familiar with a term don't need to spend a paragraph reading
about it or waste time (and potentially miss other useful information) skimming
ahead. You can see an example in the
examples directory, on the Expounder
page or on one of my
Here's a demo GIF, from the Expounder page:
Expounder.js can be added to your site in two simple steps:
- Download and include
expounder.css(or the minified version, for production) in your page. Alternatively, just add these two lines to your HTML:
<script src="https://gitcdn.xyz/repo/skorokithakis/expounder/master/expounder.js"></script> <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://gitcdn.xyz/repo/skorokithakis/expounder/master/expounder.css" />
data-expounderwith arbitrary IDs for
spanelements that will act as hooks that expand areas, and
data-expoundedfor the areas to be expanded.
In the land of Mordor, in the fires of <span data-expounder="mount-doom">Mount Doom</span>, the Dark Lord Sauron forged in secret, a master ring, to control all others. <div data-expounded="mount-doom">Mount Doom is that big-ass mountain over there with the fires coming out of it.</div>
This library is released under the MIT license (see the LICENSE file).
Thanks go to:
- Stelios, who wrote the code for the entire thing.
- 0.0.3 -- 4/3/2016 Updated the API, added the ability to expand every element with the same data-expounded id from a single expounder link.
- 0.0.2 -- 4/1/2016 Added contract option with data-expounder-c attribute.
- 0.0.1 -- 3/13/2016 Initial release.