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Now one of the interesting things about this particular course is the way we wrote our JavaScript. We basically wrote a JavaScript function that would check to see the states of the individual questions and answers and create an animation based on whether or not the answer was already open or closed. And we could have as many questions and answers on our page as long as we followed our HTML pattern. So the scripts inside of our JavaScript, we basically used features like find the closest item and find items inside of those items and find items that have particular parents.

What's next

Now one of the interesting things about this particular course is the way we wrote our JavaScript. We basically wrote a JavaScript function that would check to see the states of the individual questions and answers and create an animation based on whether or not the answer was already open or closed. And we could have as many questions and answers on our page as long as we followed our HTML pattern. So the scripts inside of our JavaScript, we basically used features like find the closest item and find items inside of those items and find items that have particular parents.

And so what this means is as long as we follow that HTML pattern, again, we can have as many of these items on the page, and they'll each function independent of each other. When you start writing your JavaScripts like this, one thing you might want to look at is creating plug-ins out of your scripts. On the jQuery web site, under the Documents, under Plugins/Authoring is information about how you can start to take some of your scripts and turn them into a plug-in. So you could take this particular course, which is really a collapsible panel, and create a plug-in that you can use on any number of pages with a separate JS file, and then simply add this level of interactivity by simply calling your plug-in function name.

So with that, I wish you all the luck in adding an attractive FAQ to your web site.

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