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Overview
Lightbox JS is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It's a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers.
What's New in Version 2.0
* Image Sets: group related images and navigate through them with ease
* Visual Effects: fancy pants transitions
* Backwards Compatibility: yes!

Example

Single Images

Image Set

Plants: image 1 0f 4 thumb
Plants: image 2 0f 4 thumb
Plants: image 3 0f 4 thumb
Plants: image 4 0f 4 thumb
How to Use:
Part 1 - Setup

1. Lightbox v2.0 uses the Prototype Framework and Scriptaculous Effects Library. You will need to include these three Javascript files in your header.

<script type="text/javascript" src="js/prototype.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/lightbox.js"></script>

2. Include the Lightbox CSS file (or append your active stylesheet with the Lightbox styles).

<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/lightbox.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />

3. Check the CSS and make sure the referenced prev.gif and next.gif files are in the right location. Also, make sure the loading.gif and close.gif files as referenced near the top of the lightbox.js file are in the right location.

Part 2 - Activate
1. Add a rel="lightbox" attribute to any link tag to activate the lightbox. For example:
<a href="images/image-1.jpg" rel="lightbox" title="my caption">image #1</a>
Optional: Use the title attribute if you want to show a caption.


2. If you have a set of related images that you would like to group, follow step one but additionally include a group name between square brackets in the rel attribute. For example:
<a href="images/image-1.jpg" rel="lightbox[roadtrip]">image #1</a>
<a href="images/image-2.jpg" rel="lightbox[roadtrip]">image #2</a>
<a href="images/image-3.jpg" rel="lightbox[roadtrip]">image #3</a>
No limits to the number of image sets per page or how many images are allowed in each set. Go nuts!

Download:
* download Lightbox JS Lightbox JS v2.02

Changelog
* v2.02 - Fixed layout issues caused by multiline captions. Added keyboard navigation.
* v2.01 - Centering in IE6 (any DOCTYPE) fixed. Smoothed out resize transition.

Support:
It doesn't work at all. The image opens up in a new page. What's wrong?
This is commonly caused by a conflict between JS scripts. Check your body tag and look for an onload attribute. Example:
<body onload="MM_preloadImages(‘/images/menu_on.gif’)…;">
A quick fix to this problem is to append the initLightbox() to the onload attribute as so:
<body onload="MM_preloadImages(‘/images/menu_on.gif’)…;initLightbox()">
It doesn't work if I click an image link before the page has finished loading.
The script is activated only after the page has finished loading.
Flash objects appear through overlay.
Refer to comment by netasceta.
Script doesn't work with imagemaps.
Refer to comment by Jason Buechler.
The shadow overlay doesn't stretch to cover full browser window.
Remove the default margin and padding from the body tag. Add body{ margin: 0; padding: 0; } to your stylesheet.
Can I insert links in the caption?
Yes, but you need to convert quotes and greater and less than symbols into their html entity equivalents. For example:
<a href="images/image-4.jpg" rel="lightbox" title="&lt;a href=&quot;link.html&quot;&gt;my link&lt;/a&gt;">Image</a>
Can I display flash, video, or other content using the script?
Not out of the box, but if you're feeling brave, open up and modify the code to suit your needs. As an alternative, you can give Cody Lindley's ThickBox script a go.
Can I use the script in a commercial project?
Yes. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License. A donation would be nice, hint hint.

Contact: For discussing bugs, asking questions, and troubleshooting the script use the messageboard. Before starting a new dicussion, please search through the comments on this blog entry. If after reviewing the blog entry, your comment/idea/question remains, please post on the messageboard, not the blog. Thank you very much.
If you want to send me a note, response time my vary, my email: lokesh@huddletogether.com
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http://www.huddletogether.com/projects/lightbox2/#example


How to Use:
Part 1 - Setup

1. Lightbox v2.0 uses the Prototype Framework and Scriptaculous Effects Library. You will need to include these three Javascript files in your header.

<script type="text/javascript" src="js/prototype.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/lightbox.js"></script>

2. Include the Lightbox CSS file (or append your active stylesheet with the Lightbox styles).

<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/lightbox.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />

3. Check the CSS and make sure the referenced prev.gif and next.gif files are in the right location. Also, make sure the loading.gif and close.gif files as referenced near the top of the lightbox.js file are in the right location.

Part 2 - Activate

1. Add a rel="lightbox" attribute to any link tag to activate the lightbox. For example:

<a href="images/image-1.jpg" rel="lightbox" title="my caption">image #1</a>

Optional: Use the title attribute if you want to show a caption.
2. If you have a set of related images that you would like to group, follow step one but additionally include a group name between square brackets in the rel attribute. For example:

<a href="images/image-1.jpg" rel="lightbox[roadtrip]">image #1</a>
<a href="images/image-2.jpg" rel="lightbox[roadtrip]">image #2</a>
<a href="images/image-3.jpg" rel="lightbox[roadtrip]">image #3</a>

No limits to the number of image sets per page or how many images are allowed in each set. Go nuts!