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Monday 8 December 2014

Show animated Image Caption using jQuery in ADF Faces

This is another post about using jQuery in ADF Faces, see previous posts on jQuery

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This post talks about - how to add mouse hover caption to images? Caption means a brief explanation of picture/image. Normally 'alt' attribute of HTML page is used as Image Caption
But in ADF Faces af:image doesn't has 'alt' property , there is a property called 'shortdesc' and this property is used as 'alt' attribute for image when jsf page is loaded at client browser
you can check this in html source of your page in browser (inspect element)

<af:image shortDesc="Black Horse running or flying" id="FirstImage"

JSF page is converted to html for client side presentation, see in HTML source 'shortdesc' is used as 'alt' property

jQuery is used for client side scripting of HTML so jQuery script makes use of this 'alt' attribute to show animated caption for image
There are lots of jQuery and JavaScript available for showing different types of captions , here i am using jQuery Capty - A Caption Plugin (Download jQuery script and respective css file from link)

Now follow steps to use this jQuery plugin with ADF Faces
  • Create Fusion Web Application and a page in viewController, added jQuery script and css in viewController project (Jdev 12.1.3)

  • Add jQuery library and script file reference to page, also add css file reference to page

  •  //jQuery library reference
                <af:resource type="javascript" source=""></af:resource>
                //jQuery file reference that will be used to show caption
                <af:resource type="javascript" source="js/jquery.capty.js"/>
                <af:resource type="javascript" source="js/jquery.capty.min.js"/>
                //CSS file to style Caption
                <af:resource type="css" source="css/jquery.capty.css"/>

  • Next step is to execute jQuery function on pageload to show caption

  • //Function to show default sliding caption
    //Change default fucntion to change animation type , speed and height of caption
    animation: 'fade',
    speed:     1000

  • So here i am using both function for two different images (for first image animation type is slide (default) and for second it is fade), add clientListener to document tag and set it's type to 'load' (to execute jQuery function on pageload)

  •  <af:clientListener method="jQuery(document).ready(function($){ $('#FirstImage').capty(); $('#SecondImage').capty({animation: 'fade',   speed:     1000}) })" type="load"/>

  • Run application and see magic of jQuery

  • Image Caption (animation:slide)-

    Image Caption (animation:fade)-

  • you can change style (color,font etc) of caption box by modifying css sheet and size can be increased or decreased from jQuery function. for example i have changed color, font and size of caption box. see this

  • @CHARSET "UTF-8";
    div.capty-caption {
     background-color: red;
     color: #FFF;
     font: bold 11px cursive;
     padding-left: 10px;
     padding-top: 7px;
     text-shadow: 1px 1px 0 #222;
    div.capty-caption a {
     color: #318DAD;
     font: bold 11px verdana;
     text-decoration: none;
     text-shadow: none;

    jQuery function to increase size-

    jQuery(document).ready(function($){ $('#FirstImage').capty(); $('#SecondImage').capty({animation: 'fade',   speed:1000,height:50}) })

    See output-
Thanks, Happy Learning :)
Download Sample ADF Application

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