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29 July, 2011

jQuery Clear-on-Focus Plugin

A small jQuery plugin I wrote which I thought I would make public. Instead of using <label> elements for each of your form’s fields, use the input’s value attribute to set the label. Clear-on-focus will then take care of clearing the value when a user clicks or focuses the field. If they leave the field blank, the original message is reset back. Also works correctly for password fields. Example usage:

<input type="text" name="username" value="Enter username" class="clear-on-focus" />
<input type="text" name="password" value="Enter password" class="clear-on-focus password" />

Link: github repository

26 February, 2010

How to unescape HTML entities in JavaScript

This is one of those routine web development things which you assume is inbuilt, but actually proves quite tedious to find a nice solution to.

Specifically, I am talking about converting something like &#39; to ‘ or &amp; to & directly in Javscript.
This function does exactly that! Note how it adds a function to the prototype for String, so is called in the following way:

"Hello Jos&eacute;".unescapeHtml()

Find the code here: paul schreiber » Blog Archive » JavaScript: how to unescape HTML entities.

18 March, 2009

Excellent tutorial on Javascript arrays

I’ve referred to this so many times I thought it would be good to post it here:

http://blog.xkoder.com/2008/07/10/javascript-associative-arrays-demystified/