Creating tabs with Javascript using JQuery

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This example shows how to create standard 'tab' functionality, where a user can toggle the visibility of several different content blocks by clicking tabs, using simple HTML, CSS, and Javascript using JQuery.


Save this as a file named index.html in the main project folder.

<!DOCTYPE html>
	<title>Using JQuery to create tabs</title>
	<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/main.css" />
	<script src=""></script>
	<script src="js/main.js"></script>
	<div id="wrapper">

		<h1>Using JQuery to create tabs</h1>

		<section class="tabs">
				<!-- the first tab is selected by default -->
				<li id="tab1" class="selected">tab 1</li>
				<li id="tab2">tab 2</li>
				<div class="clear"></div><!-- clearfix -->


			<!-- the first tab is selected by default -->
			<article id="tab1_content" class="selected">
				<h1>Article 1</h1>
					E-services monetize distributed authentic disintermediate clicks-and-mortar embrace solutions, target partnerships, 24/365 seize impactful; innovate." Enable synergies e-business robust bricks-and-clicks scalable. Envisioneer innovate viral initiatives technologies e-tailers models, e-tailers, data-driven podcasts functionalities real-time incubate platforms bleeding-edge mesh; visualize. Dynamic peer-to-peer strategic cultivate iterate ROI killer visualize integrate implement e-services synergize, killer evolve bricks-and-clicks visionary e-services folksonomies whiteboard strategize. E-commerce podcasting enhance, architectures synergistic.

			<article id="tab2_content">
				<h1>Article 2</h1>
					Vertical partnerships proactive engage A-list web-readiness monetize synergies revolutionize recontextualize authentic user-contributed deliverables generate mindshare synergies synergies? Semantic implement enable redefine methodologies--granular incentivize blogging e-commerce; solutions post models, B2B B2C reintermediate networking? Users aggregate remix out-of-the-box morph strategic interfaces dynamic cutting-edge wireless feeds.				

		</section><!-- //.tabs -->

	</div><!-- //#wrapper -->



Save this as a file named 'main.css' in a sub-folder named 'css'.

/* classic clearfix */
div.clear {
	clear: both;

/* centered fixed-width page container */
div#wrapper {
	width: 980px;
	padding: 10px;
	margin: 0 auto;
	border: 1px solid #c0c0c0;

/* tabs styles */

section.tabs {
	/* a little breathing room for the content within the tabs */
	padding: 10px;

/* general tab heading styles for the list of headings as a whole */
section.tabs ul {
	padding: 0px;
	margin: 0;
	list-style-type: none; /* remove the default bullet point for lists */
	position: relative;
	z-index: 1;

/* general styles for each tab heading list item */
section.tabs ul li {
	float: left; /* make these tab headings sit next to each other */
	border: 1px solid #c0c0c0;	
	padding: 10px;
	margin: 0px;
	list-style-position: inside;
	width: 100px;
	text-align: center;
	background-color: #f0f0f0;

/* selected tab heading styles */
section.tabs ul li.selected {
	/* make the selected tab heading look like it blends with the content below it. */
 	background-color: white;
	border-bottom: 1px solid white;

/* general tab content styles */
section.tabs article {
	border: 1px solid #c0c0c0;
	display: none; /* hidden by default */
	padding: 10px;
	position: relative;
	top: -1px;

/* selected tab content styles */
section.tabs article.selected {
	display: block; /* visible! */


Save this as a file named 'main.js' in a sub-folder named 'js'.

//wait till the page loads
$(function() {

	//set up the tab click event handler
	$("section.tabs ul li").click(function () {
		//handle the tab click event
		//alert("clicked " +;
		var tabId =; //get the id of the element that was clicked
		var contentId = + "_content"; //figure out the id of the corresonding article element by appending "_content" to the id

		//add the selected class to the selected tab to make its bottom border disappear
		$("section.tabs ul li").removeClass("selected");
		$("section.tabs ul li#" + tabId).addClass("selected");

		//a css-based way of showing/hiding a selected article
		$("section.tabs article").removeClass("selected");
		$("section.tabs article#" + contentId).addClass("selected");

		//an alternative javascript-only way of showing/hiding a selected article 
		//without relying on CSS classes to do that:
		$("section.tabs article").hide(); //make all articles disappear
		$("section.tabs article#" + contentId).show(); //make the selected article appear


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