JQuery val() quirk

I’ve had a good solid day of coding, probably my first in quite a while. Whilst I was playing round some JQuery I came across a quirk I’ve never noticed before. I call it a quick because it’s certainly not behaviour I’d expect.

When working with some HTML form elements I used the JQuery method val() to set the value of a select box. So as an example here’s a select box and the JQuery to set it.


<select name="DavesSelectBox" id="DavesSelectBox">
<option value="0">Zero</option>
<option value="1">One</option>
</select<


$(DavesSelectBox).val(1);

Now the problem arises when the form is submitted using a normal submit button and post method. I noticed whilst it visually seemed the select box was being set to the value, the posted value didn’t reflect this and posted the original value.

So after some looking around it turns out that if the element has the same name and id then .val() can sometimes be a little problematic. So the quick fix to change the name and id to different values. Strange!

CSS hover tabs realigned.

This was requested on the original CSS hover tabs post and as usual it has taken me ages to get around to doing it.

Anyway it is just the previous version realigned and also with an added tab to show you how easy it is to customise and add extra tabs.

You can view the demo here, it’s pretty straight forward and I won’t go into detail as it is all worked using the same principles as the original post so read that first and then take a look at the source of this one. It’ll do you good to do some thinking and look at what’s changed!

JQuery HTML5 placeholder fix

I’ve revisited this post here – Revisiting HTML5 placeholder fixes I recommend you check that update out.

One of the nifty new features of HTML5 is the placeholder for forms which is added by putting in a placeholder value.

So I can use this everywhere I’ve just written a quick bit of jQuery to replicate the placeholder functionality in browser that don’t support. It also uses Modernizr to check if the browser already supports the placeholder technique.

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CSS Fundamentals: CSS 3 Transitions

Being rather busy I completely forgot to post the link to this last week, but I wrote an article for the great tutorial site NetTuts about CSS3 transitions.

It is a introduction for those who haven’t used the transitions before and goes on to a little more advanced usage within CSS3 animations – so go check it out at http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/html-css-techniques/css-fundametals-css-3-transitions/


HTML5 CSS3 starting template

*Now updated with jquery 1.4.2 and removed supersleight as usage of IE6 only stylesheet removes most of the need for it*


Merry Christmas Twitters and RSS subscribers and all those who have found their way here via some other route.

Having started to get into using HTML5 and CSS3 in quite a big way recently I’ve put together a base package that I’ve been using to start projects off. (I’ll hopefully have some of them finished for you to see in the new year).

I was thinking to myself what better way to encourage people to start using all this new stuff than sharing the package with everyone. Now it’s not up to much but it will give you a basis to customize and start from for HTML5 and CSS3.

There’s a good chance my coding may not even be to your liking but that doesn’t matter, I’m making this available so you can download it and change it into your own starting point.

You can download it right here.

HTML 5 / CSS3 starter package (9925)

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