Digg-Style Dynamic Share Widget Using the Dojo Toolkit

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Digg Share Widget

I've always seen Digg as a very progressive website. Digg uses experimental, ajaxified methods for comments and mission-critical functions. One nice touch Digg has added to their website is their hover share widget. Here's how to implement that functionality on your site using the Dojo Toolkit.

The XHTML

<!-- My Custom Story Formatting -->
<h2>My Story 1</h2>
<p>
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</p>
		
<!-- Share Widget -- Don't Change -->
<div class="share-storylist">
	<a class="tool share" href="https://davidwalsh.name/demo/dojo-digg-share.php?My%20Story%201">Share!</a>
	<div class="share-hover">
		<input type="text" value="https://davidwalsh.name/demo/dojo-digg-share.php?My%20Story%201" class="share-diggbar-url" readonly>
		<ul class="share-actions">
			<li class="twitter">
				<a href="http://twitter.com/home?status=My%20Story%201:%20https://davidwalsh.name/demo/dojo-digg-share.php?My%20Story%201" target="_blank">twitter</a>
			</li>
			<li class="email">
				<a href="mailto:?subject=My%20Story%201:%20https://davidwalsh.name/demo/dojo-digg-share.php?My%20Story%201">email</a>
			</li>
			<li class="facebook">
				<a href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=https://davidwalsh.name/demo/dojo-digg-share.php?My%20Story%201" target="_blank">facebook</a>
			</li>
		</ul>
	</div>
</div>

You can display the article or post however you'd like but the Digg share widget should closely follow what I've used above, which comes directly from Digg.

The CSS

/* Storylist Share */
.share-storylist { position:relative; float:left; }
.share-hover { background:url(storylist-share.png) no-repeat; width:138px; height:106px; position:absolute; top:19px; left:-35px !important; z-index:100; display:none; }
.share-diggbar-url { position:absolute; top:24px; left:14px; padding:5px; text-decoration:none; background:#fff; width:98px; border:1px solid #c6c6c6; -moz-border-radius:4px; -webkit-border-radius:4px; }
.share-hover span { font-size:85%; font-weight:normal; color:#9ab9d5; display:block; margin-top:-1px; }
ul.share actions, ul.share-actions li { list-style:none; }
ul.share-actions li a { text-indent:-999px; width:40px; height:26px; position:absolute; top:63px;} 
.share-actions li.facebook a { left:48px; width:42px;}
.share-actions li.email a {   left:7px;}
.share-actions li.twitter a {left:91px; }

/* Storylist Share Email Box */
#share-dialog { display:none; }
.share-email a.email-suggestion { background:#edf7e6 url(/img/lightbox-email-apps.png) 460px 7px no-repeat; display:block; margin:-16px -17px 15px; padding:15px 15px 15px 65px; font-size:1.15em; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#64a715; border-bottom:1px solid #daecb0; }
.share-email a.email-suggestion:hover { color:#000033; }
.share-email label { float:left !important;  display:block; position:absolute;  color:#777; }
.share-email input[type="text"] { padding:5px; -moz-border-radius:3px !important; -webkit-border-radius:3px !important; color:#777; margin:0 0 10px 0; width:490px; margin-left:50px; border:1px solid #ccc; font-size:1.1em; }
.share-email textarea { width:530px; padding:10px; height:12em; margin:10px 0 5px 0; font-size:100%; background:#fffdea; border:1px solid #dcd069; color:#39340b; }
.share-test-email .dialog-tray { text-align:left; }

This is the exact CSS from Digg -- nothing's been changed.

The Dojo JavaScript

dojo.addOnLoad(function() {
	dojo.forEach(dojo.query('a.share'),function(a) {
		//containers
		var storyList = a.parentNode,
			shareHover = dojo.query('div.share-hover',storyList)[0];	
		dojo.style(shareHover,'opacity',0);
		//show/hide
		dojo.connect(a,'onmouseenter',function() {
			dojo.style(shareHover,'display','block');
			dojo.fadeIn({node:shareHover}).play();
		});
		dojo.connect(shareHover,'onmouseleave',function() {
			dojo.fadeOut({node:shareHover}).play();
		});
		dojo.connect(storyList,'onmouseleave',function() {
			dojo.fadeOut({node:shareHover}).play();
		});
	});
});

The JavaScript is a piece of cake using the Dojo Toolkit. Simple show and hide.

One way to improve your website is to check out what the large sites are doing. Feel like you have a lame sharing widget of your own? Duplicate what Digg has done!

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Discussion

  1. Would be even easier with jQuery :D

  2. Nice…

    Would love to see this implemented in mooTools, or is there anything similar already been done?

    regards

  3. Great post. I want to learn Dojo.

  4. @Khawaib: The MooTools version can be found here:

    http://davidwalsh.name/digg-share-widget

  5. Wish I had asked something even better. :-)

    I thought I had gone through all of your posts but seems I missed some.

    Thanks a lot.

    regards

  6. David, can you do the same on jQuery?
    And we will be able to compare all three examples.

    Thanks

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