It's been live for a week, but I'm officially releasing my first jQuery plugin today, scrollNav.js It's a tiny plugin that scans articles, divides them into sections and builds a scrolling navigation w/ them. Take a look and leave some feedback, I'd love to improve it.
11 months ago
Took me a while to understand what it does, because I kept looking for a Demo link and because I thought that "scrolling side nav" was referring to some funky way of navigating the site with horizontal (side) scrolling. So I would (a) try and redo the copy to make it less ambiguous (b) either add an explicit demo page or would add some sort of an arrow or a callout pointing at the side menu saying "this what it does".
Good stuff though, useful.
@Alex Pankratov What type of device were you viewing the page on? I was concerned that the sidebar wouldn't be as obvious on small screens since I had to drop the text, but on larger screens I think it's obvious what's happening (maybe that's me).
Do you have any specific suggestions that would make it easier without adding a giant arrow to the sidebar? Should I increase the size of the intro paragraph to keep people from skipping it? I tried to keep it short enough people would actually read it while long enough they got what it is. Maybe explicitly say "watch the left sidebar to see it in action"?
Thanks for the feedback.
Holy crap James, this plugin looks awesome, and insanely useful. Bookmarked for future use! :)
Thanks @PJ McCormick It started as a small script for work but since I didn't find anything else out there I decided it'd be a good opportunity to learn about plugins and sharpen my JS/jQuery knowledge. Let me know if there's any options you'd like to see added, I have a few as an open issue on GitHub.
James, the sidebar looks like a natural part of the layout, so it blends in. It basically needs to stand out more and be an obvious focus point... somehow... may be a giant drop shadow? :)
@Alex Pankratov Ah, I see what you mean now. I will work on making it stand out a bit more on it's own. I do plan to build a demo page that visitors can control themselves, but I wanted to at least gauge interest before I spent the time to do that.
Thanks again for the comments, I've been looking at it so much I didn't notice it melded into it's surroundings.
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