jQuery Plugin - Draggable Images

Tuesday 11th November 2008

One of more interactive projects of late required an image to be moved around as if the user was dragging it. There was also a good chance that it would need to be combined with some other effects such as a zoom feature an image switcher.

Currently, most draggable image plugins use an inline image with absolute positioning and a surrounding clipping area, which in most cases is fine, but in this case it would be a real issue as the zoom plugin uses an absolute positioned container. To get around this I decided to convert the image inside the container to the background image.

For all those people who don't have javascript turned on you just see a clipped image, but those with javascript can move the background image around as if they are dragging it.

  • Quick and simple demo page is here
  • Minimised js is here
  • A more fancy mash-up of this and the zoom plugin can be found here.

As ever all of these jQuery gubbins can be found over at the jQuery plugin site.

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