Create an Expandable FAQ Listing with jQuery

with Chris Converse
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Create an Expandable FAQ Listing with jQuery
Video duration: 0s 40m 20s Intermediate


Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are a popular aspect of any web site. This course shows how to create questions that have expandable and collapsible answers, allowing visitors to easily find the information they need. Author and jQuery expert Chris Converse shows how to build an FAQ section for your site quickly, using an adaptable combination of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery. In addition, the course demonstrates how to automatically link to a specific question, and automatically open the answer, giving you the ability to provide users with a direct answer to their question.

Topics include:
  • Creating project folders
  • Downloading and setting up the Aptana Studio working environment
  • Creating the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files
  • Activating the FAQ carousel with JavaScript
  • Adding in sample question and answer content
  • Creating CSS rules for graphics
  • Animating the graphic states

Previewing the final project

- Hi, this is Chris Converse and this is a course on creating an interactive FAQ for your website. I wanna start by showing a copy of the final project we'll be creating in this course. So what we're gonna be doing is creating an FAQ that's gonna have questions that you can roll your cursor over and get a little help icon. When I click on the actual question, it's gonna open the answer, it's gonna animate the Q and the A states over on the left hand side. And it's gonna open up the answer to whatever height it needs to accommodate all of the content inside of your answer. We're gonna be writing our script in such a way that you can add any number of questions and answers to a page.

And each question and answer will function independent of each other. We're also gonna add in the capability to auto open one of the answers based on an anchor link. So I'm gonna come here to the URL field here. Type in barchart, hit return and then hit reload, and we can see we can go to this page and automatically open one of the individual answers as well. Now, we are gonna be building this using jQuery, which means we're gonna get some cross compatibility, across different platforms and devices. So here we are in Windows 7, running IE9.

And I can see the exact same user experience running over here as well. The icon for the help is gonna look a little bit different than the Macintosh OS, but again, users who are used to this particular operating system, again, will see the help symbol show up, just like they would see on other sites. Click on the individual items again and open up the content that relates to the individual answers. We'll also get the same user experience across devices, let's look at the same experience over on an iPad. And again, tapping on these individual items will open up these pieces as well. So now to illustrate what we're actually gonna be building, I wanna bring up a sketch.

We're gonna be building a series of HTML containers that hold questions and answers, so we can write our Javascript to target the outermost container and look for elements inside. And we're also gonna be using jQuery to inject graphics into each one of these questions. So we don't have to add a graphic for the Q and the A for every question. When the page loads we're gonna inject all of these items based on the number of questions in our HTML markup. So I hope this course sounds interesting to you, and if so, let's get started with the first movie.

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