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This Thing Called Scroll Follow

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Initially it was developed to solve a problem for a client. I took the opportunity to refine what I knew about writing plugins for jQuery and made it into something we could release into the wild.

It is probably a very familiar scenario for many who dabble in the open source realm, but still, when you start helping other developers solve other problems for other clients a thrill is involved. This is, in essence, the spirit behind The Kitchen.

Catching Up

For the uninitiated, jQuery is an open source javascript library that makes selecting and manipulating objects on the page dead easy, especially if you are used to CSS selector syntax. Scroll Follow is a plugin for this library that enables a DOM object to follow the page as the user scrolls.

We first released this plugin back in May. With the launch of The Kitchen I've been able to open a dialog with several of our Scroll Follow users expressing interest in moving the script on to bigger and better places and we're thrilled at this development (pun intended).

I was skeptical at first. It's not the kind of design solution I would often use. That's why there is a "kill switch" parameter. Hopefully though, by improving the script and using it judiciously, we can add value for users.

Coming Soon

We will soon be releasing version 0.3 of Scroll Follow. In this release I've added a user-requested parameter. Before, the animation was always relative to the top of the user's viewable area, but no longer! You will now be able to key off of the bottom of the window as well as the top.

I have also improved the logic in the script to try to keep the CSS fiddling to a minimum. We want Scroll Follow to work straight out of the box. . . or zip file as it were. To that end we are issuing a call for help! We are looking for a few good, or at least bored, individuals to help us test the current release candidate so we can squash any remaining bugs.

This is not a daunting task! What we need more than anything are the test cases we haven't thought of. It seems the simple things are what cause breakages most. We're sure you can do simple and we're hoping you can do breakage. Are you up for it?

2 brave souls have spoken.

  1. xhtmlcssexpert May 30th, 2009

    nice article, i like it

  2. Happynes July 13th, 2014

    Hi Deb,Saw your post and got interested in your own hiobbt home existing in lil ol’ Perth. Would love to come and see such awesome architecture in my native city.Any chance of coming to have a look at what you have built?I’m currently up in Exmouth, hoping to get land to embark on a project with a mate and I. We aim to have a few accommodations made from monolithic building practises, as well as a sunken amphitheatre made from earthbags. Our project is called Option B’:Option B is unique tourist accommodation: an eco-friendly hostel/backpackers/camping area all rolled in to one, created from scratch and run with as minimal an impact on the environment as possible with a focus on educating guests of all walks of life about sustainable living practices and introducing them to the splendid surrounds of the Gascoyne region. Option B will endeavour to use natural resources (such as solar and wind generated power) for energy on site, as well as solely using recycled materials to build guest accommodations (converted caravans, train carriages, yachts and hiobbt homes’) that are designed to aesthetically reflect a “green” business geographically located in an area with spectacular marine life and a plethora of water based activities nearby. Minimising water wastage will be a priority and made effective via grey water systems, compost waste solutions and self- sufficient gardens. Ample edible produce from our garden beds will be a task, to say the least, in Exmouth’s harsh climate but it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to tackling. Whilst the business wouldn’t be “off-the-grid” or entirely self-sustainable, the concept that we hope would appeal to guests would be that of attaining as close to a carbon neutral option as possible while staying at our ‘homestay away from home’. Option B will provide a wealth of activities (and advice on activities) without stretching the visitor’s budget. We’re aiming to (gradually over time) fine tune our approach to tourist accommodation that will hopefully develop a unique vibe on site and one day make Option B a tourist attraction/destination in itself set in the stunning surrounds of Exmouth, built and run by two enthusiastic West Australians who collectively hold over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. My mobile is 0420 228 104 and email is . I’m back in Perth for a week in the middle of November. BR,Peteps. Jim awesome hiobbt home. If I’m ever in NY I’ll definitely come visit!

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