Marcos Placona
Marcos Placona
Developer evangelist at Twilio, GDE and in ❤️ with Open Source
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  • coldfusion

This is a very quick and dirty example of how to treat links on your blog / website using JQuery.

I’ve been using JQuery for a while now to ease my life with some personal applications and at work.

One of the greatest things about JQuery in my opinion is it’s great interaction with the DOM, and ability to make global changes with very little effort.

Some time ago I’ve implemented a simple WYSIWYG editor on my blog to facilitate tasks like text format and link creation. Link creation will be the subject today.

All the links will basically have the same structure:

<a href="/blog/foo.cfm&bar=1"></a>

The problem I found was that I didn’t want people to leave my blog

when clicking on external links, but wanted them to have a new tab

opened each time they clicked them.

I could easily change my WYSIWYG editor to add a target=”_blank” on all the links, but then, every time someone clicked on an internal link (or even on a JS link), a new tab would be opened.

Ok, bad idea! (period)

I then thought about the selectors from JQuery. How nice it would be if my script was clever enough to detect what’s an internal or external link.

Well there you go, there’s a very easy way of doing that:

On the top of my main page (layout.cfm as it’s blogCFC) I’m including this:

<!--- Include the jquery library previously downloaded from JQuery's website --->
<script src="/blog/jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
		//Tell the browser to run it when the page loads
			//Use XPath selectors to find what I'm looking for

			//Add a target where appropriate
	        target: "_blank",

			//Put a title on the link where appropriate
	        title:"Opens in new window" <br />        })

			//prepend with pre prefix ext
	// -->

Now, the code is pretty much self-explanatory. Basically what is does is “look” for any a tag and check it’s href attribute reading the tag with XPATH Selectors.

Everything returning true to this condition will have two new attributes added; target and title.

The .prepend is used to prepend some text to your object, in this case, I’m prepending the text “-ext”, but you could for example add an image by replacing the “-ext” and image tag for example; which would bring you a nice and clean link with an image.

Needless to say that ColdFusion Developers in general love this JS library, as it’s very versatile and compatible.