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jQuery.ui Sortable


Sorting of a list of items is a common task in any user interface. Personally I've been wanting to add sorting to a number of applications for ages, and some time ago I started down the path of building something of my own to handle this task on the client side with JavaScript. Ok, I failed - I got most of it almost working but there were always  a few things that just didn't work quite right. I've also tried a few other components that do sorting and most are quirky or don't work well cross browser.

[updated 4.28.2008 - added code to show how to notify server of sort updates]

[updated 6.24.2008 - updated download samples for jQuery 1.2.6 and jQuery.ui 1.5 release]

jQuery's Sortable is a cool client side jQuery plugin that is part of the jQuery.ui plug in library that works well, looks very nice and is fairly self contained (2 scripts beyond jQuery). It lets  lets you create sortable unordered/ordered lists or a plain group of contained DIV tags.

It's extremely easy to use in client code by simply pointing at the list and a few options to make the list sortable. Items can be dragged around and sorted and the items appear transparent when dragging (by default). It's also fairly customizable to let you control how sorting works and how the items are represented while dragging.

One place I used Sortable is in my photo album where I allow client side sorting of the images that are displayed. In my app the administrator can rearrange images in real time, make changes to captions and then when done save them back via an Ajax callback to the ASP.NET server app.

Here's what sorting operations look like (the real deal is a lot smoother - this is captured as an animated gif with CamTasia):

Sortable

Items slide around as they are sorted and use a nice sliding into place effect when dragging is complete, or slide back into their original position if moved out of the main area. The plug in also handles scrolling the browser when bumping up against edges. The really cool thing about Sortable though is how easy it is to use: It's an extender, so all you do is point it at the result of a jQuery selector that is a list and add a few simple and optional settings and that's it.

To use Sortables you'll need jQuery plus a few of the jQuery.ui scripts:

<script src="/photoalbum/scripts/jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="/photoalbum/scripts/ui.base.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="/photoalbum/scripts/ui.sortable.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

All the code required to make the above list sortable is:

$("#ulThumbnailList").sortable(
    {  opacity: 0.7, 
       revert: true, 
       scroll: true , 
       handle: $(".imagecontainer").add(".imagecontainer a img") 
    });  

The settings parameter object is optional but allows configuration of the behavior for the sorting/dragging operation. Here I optionally apply opacity, and tell the sort to revert to original position on aborting and scrolling the browser window when bumping against the edges. In addition, I supply a selector to use as a drag handle - the item is dragged by grabbing the image container which is a DIV that wraps the image. The above control supports in-place text editing and selecting the entire control makes it hard to get the text editing to 'take' because the control will try to drag fairly quickly.

Notice the handle selector: You can apply a selector for the area that acts as the drag handle - ie. where the user can drag the item. Here I want it to be a DIV tag that wraps the image. Note that I also select the image itself - the drag handle is very explicit about which element is used so I make sure that both the container and the contained image can initiate drag operations. (this is a change from the previous rev I'd worked with).

Keep in mind that Sortable doesn't work with tables, but HTML lists or a set of Div tags, so if you need a table like layout you need to think of other ways to arrange the layout. You can use a Repeater or ListView in ASP.NET to create this sort of layout easily. The above HTML uses contained plain old <li> tags with a fixed width and float:left to provide the 'column' based layout of the photos.

The trickier part - for the photo list above at least though - is getting the CSS right.  The above is rendered as an unordered list with float:left items which gives the effect of a table. Note that Sortable can sort elements in this way and does the right thing when sliding elements out of the way as the dragged item moves through the table - it's a very cool visual as well as practical effect.

The unordered list HTML above is rendered like this:

<ul id='ulThumbnailList'>
    <li id='f0db40f3' class='photolistitem'>
    <div class='imagecontainer'>
    <a href="javascript:ShowImagePopup('f0db40f3');">
        <img src='tb_sweatshop.jpg' class='thumbnailimage' id='f0db40f3Img' title='sweatshop.jpg' />
    </a>
    </div>
    <div id='f0db40f3Notes'>Team programming
    </div> <div class='deletethumbnail'>X</div>
    </li>
 
    <li id='64ac6f8c' class='photolistitem'>
    <div class='imagecontainer'>
    <a href="javascript:ShowImagePopup('64ac6f8c');">
        <img src='tb_whalewhispers.jpg' class='thumbnailimage' id='64ac6f8cImg' title='whalewhispers.jpg' />
    </a>
    </div>
    <div id='64ac6f8cNotes'>Can you hear me now? Really now?
    </div> <div class='deletethumbnail'>X</div>
    </li>
    ...
</ul>

with the photolistitem CSS class defined like this:

.photolistitem
{
    position: relative;
    display: block;
    float: left;    
    list-style-type: none;
    height: 220px;    
    width: 170px;    
    padding: 10px;
    border: solid 1px khaki;
    margin: 12px;
    background: steelblue;
    text-align: center;
}

Note the float:left and the fixed width and height which is a requirement if you want to use the unordered list as a table like display. Items need to be the same size or else the items ends up not aligning properly...

With this layout in place all that needs to happen is to apply the .Sortable() call against the top level <ul> tag and the plug in does the rest, nice UI effects and all.

Saving Sorted Data

Because Sortable is a client side component sort changes are not automatically visible on the server. This means you'll need to somehow let the server know of the sort order update and push the data to the server via an AJAX callback. In the example above I'm using jQuery to reselect all the sorted items (.photolistitem class) and then reading the content from the controls into an array of objects that contains the Id (a hash) and the caption. The array is then sent back to the server via an AJAX callback. The update is triggered off a Save button on the page.

Here's what the JavaScript code for the save operation looks like:

function SavePhotos()
{
    var items = $(".photolistitem");
    var photos = [];
 
    for(var x=0; x<items.length; x++)
    {
        var photo = {}
        photo.id = items[x].id;                
        photo.notes = textFromHtml( $(items[x]).find("div[id$=Notes]").html(),true);                
        photos.push(photo);
    }
 
    var photoList = {};
    photoList.Photos = photos;
    photoList.Title = $("#lblTitle").text();    
    photoList.Description = textFromHtml( $("#lblDescription").html(),true);
 
    // *** Page JSON wrapper    
    httpJson("SaveList",photoList,
            function(result) { showMessage("Changes have been saved...",msgTimeout); },
            pageError);
 
    return photos;
}

On the server side a CallbackMethod (part of West Wind Ajax Toolkit, but you can point this at WCF REST or ASMX Ajax service) the data gets picked up like this:

[CallbackMethod]
public string SaveList(PhotoList photoList)
{
    // *** Write out sort order in increments of 10
    // *** Highest sort order goes to the top
    int sortCount = 10 * this.Album.Photos.Count;
 
    Album.AlbumName = photoList.Title.Trim();
    Album.AlbumDescription = photoList.Description.Trim();
 
    foreach (PhotoListItem changedPhoto in photoList.Photos)
    {
        Photo photo = Album.Photos.GetPhotoByHashCode(changedPhoto.Id);
        if (photo == null)
            continue;
 
        photo.Notes = changedPhoto.Notes.Trim(' ','\r','\n');
        photo.Updated = DateTime.Now;
        photo.SortOrder = sortCount;
 
        sortCount -= 10;
    }
 
    // *** Re-sort the list to update the actual object layout
    this.Album.Sort();
 
    // *** Save the album to disk 
    this.Album.SaveAlbum(this.ConfigFile);
 
    return "Ok";
}

The process is pretty straight forward. If your lists are large and push back lots of data you'd probably also implement some sort of IsDirty flag that determines whether an item has changed so only those items changed are sent to the server. However for sorting you definitely have to send all the items/ids so the server can properly reassemble the items and sort accordingly. It isn't automatic, but it ain't rocket science either.

jQuery UI - Wait for Version 1.5 or use the 1.5 Beta 2 now

When jQuery.ui 1.0 was first released I was pretty excited to see that there'd be a somewhat uniform UI library built ontop of jQuery. Unfortunately Version 1.0 was a really bad release with many of the components not even working out of the box. There were lots of issues with rendering and most of the components worked haphazardly with no consistency between the various control APIs. Most of the controls are based on third party plug-ins that have been drafted into the jQuery.ui API and in version 1.0 that really showed by way of the differing API interfaces.

Version 1.5 - which is not released yet, but available in beta form - fixes these issues with a complete overhaul of the jQuery.ui API. I've used quite a few of the 1.5b components and had no major problems. Many of the controls also have had a big face lift with much nicer UI and effects applied. Using the beta however requires that you also use an interim version of jQuery (1.2.4a). Prior to this release I'd been pulling jQuery out of the SVN repository, patching it together from the base source files, but with the beta 2 release there's now a synched version of jQuery included. If you want to use the beta you need to use this version or a newer one out of the SVN repository.

The current release of jQuery.ui and jQuery work well, but if you're squeamish about beta releases you might want to wait a bit for release.

[updated 4.28.2008 - jQuery.ui 1.5 was released earlier this month]

Online Sample:

http://www.west-wind.com/rick/photoalbum/demoMaui2006/Default.aspx?Admin=true

Click on the Configuration link for the admin portion that includes the sortable code and component.

jQuery Samples for Downloading:

You can also download the full photo album sample along with a host of other ASP.NET / jQuery samples from:

http://www.west-wind.com/files/conferences/jQuery.zip

Enjoy.


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The Voices of Reason


 

AzamSharp
April 28, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

That is super slick!!!

David Fauber
April 28, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Scriptaculous has a Sortable control that does the same thing (and in my opinion a little slicker, but that's pretty subjective)

John S.
April 28, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

I love jQuery sortables. Here's a screencast of how I implemented it:

http://blog.snapleague.com/screencasts/LinksPreview/

Lee
April 28, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Nice! A little example of how you saved the order back into the database would be cool ;)

RipR
April 28, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Here's something similar for tables. I haven't used it yet but it looks promising.

http://www.isocra.com/2008/02/table-drag-and-drop-jquery-plugin/

AzamSharp
April 28, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hi Lee,

Here is a little article I wrote some time back in which I showed how to persist the information into the database using Drag and Drop operations using JQuery.

http://www.gridviewguy.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?articleID=381_Drag_And_Drop_With_Persistence_Using_JQuery

Rick Strahl
April 28, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

@Lee - saving sorted content in the example above involves walking the sorted items and then passing them back to the server as an array. Using jQuery to select all items, then create an array of each item and send up the image name and notes in the AJAX callback.

I've updated the post to show the save code.

@David - yes sortables are pretty common in JavaScript libraries. I had played with the Scriptalicious one a long time ago, but it didn't work very well at the time. That's probably been addressed. I started with Prototype and Scriptalicious, but Scriptalicious was always more work than it should have been and the lack of decent documentation really killed it for me. Again that may have changed - I haven't looked back since going the jQuery route.

Lee
April 28, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Awesome Rick, your a legend! Your blog has been invaluable to me during my learning curve (Well I say curve, its still curving)

Ian Hughes
April 29, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

You recent posts on employing client libraries outside of Microsoft's has been truly inspirational.

It gave me the idea to add a function into my base MasterPage class which allows the changing of full-client libraries on the fly.

Why? Why not. I think the ability to master multiple libraries to perform similar or exactly the same operations can only strengthen you as a developer and assist in dispelling the myth that choosing ASP.NET secludes someone to MS technologies.

Sangesh
May 02, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hey Rick, thanks for this "jQuery.ui Sortable", really cool mate. I hadn't found anything link this before. Thanks again.

aaron
May 02, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Nice work Rick. BTW, in the SavePhotos method, you could use jQuery.each instead, like so:

$(".photolistitem").each(function(){
photos.push({
id: this.id,
notes: textFromHtml( $(this).find("div[id$=Notes]").html(),true)
});
});

And, if all you need is the text from the $=Notes child element, you could simply even more:

$(".photolistitem").each(function(){
photos.push({
id: this.id,
notes: $(this).find("div[id$=Notes]").text()
});
});

Rick Strahl
May 03, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

@Aaron - thanks. Yeah there are more ways to cut down on code. I'm still learning a few optimizations with jQuery all the time.

OTOH, the .each() function is one I don't really see much reason to use. Just to cut out a for loop and item[x] syntax doesn't buy much IMHO. Just not sure if it's worth replacing a for loop with a delegate call both in terms of readibility and even more so for performance.

aaron
May 07, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Rick - yeah, .each() is a tiny bit slower. I think the main reason to use .each() is that it leaves the implementation of the jQuery object up to the authors. Sure, we know it's an array-like object but if they ever change that, .each() will continue to work while for(var i = jqueryObj.length...) will not. BTW, thanks for so many great posts. I've become a fan.

Jeremy H
May 27, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Great stuff, Rick. I'm really starting to gravitate towards JQuery and would love to do something similar to this for a project I've been working on. Thanks for posting the save code, that really seems to be the missing ingredient for me to be able to make the full shift to JQuery. I've been looking for something similar to that and your's seems to be the only code sample I've been able to find that does it similar to how I would like to do it. Any chance you can provide some more details about that httpJson function you're using? That would be enormously helpful. Thanks, and keep up the good work!

Vlad
May 31, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Great article.
I also really loved the "Status bar" for the notifications in the demo.
Could you post the code for that? It would be really great.
Thanks

David Martin
June 04, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

hi rick,
nice article as all i read from you so far.
i am pretty excited about Jquery too and JSON also.
butu i have no experience on it..never had the time to get to it.
but i do now.
does this example works only with AJAX, i dont really want to getajax.
i think JSON is a better solution for asyncronous stuff.
what you think?, somehow i always like the idea to know exactly what i am doing and with AJAX it seems to get lost in translation..

my question?... if you please could release the example code in JSON and what i your thoughts on it.

Thanks rick,
keep them coming, cos we love them

Michael Hanney
June 06, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Thanks Rick, Great post, very nice! Like Jeremy H, I found the save method example very helpful too.

Xavi Portell
June 19, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

with all due respect the code provided does not work out as you describe. perhaps you could provide a working example in this article rather than providing a link to your photoalbum, which seems to use a hacked up version of jquery.

Rick Strahl
June 19, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

@Xavi - Yeah well, as the article states at the end this code was written during the late beta of jQuery.ui and with a daily build to match that beta of jQuery.ui. The code will work as is, except with the release version of jQuery.ui if you replace the libraries with the release libraries for jQuery.ui and switch the ui.base.js reference with ui.core.js.

I'll update the samples when I get a chance, but at the moment I don't have the time. There are a few other samples in that downlaod that require the same changes so it's not as simple as updating just this one file.

Homar
July 31, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

If you want to save/reload the order to/from a cookie, here is some code that may help you:
http://www.shopdev.co.uk/blog/sortable-lists-using-jquery-ui

chill8331
September 08, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

I'm kinda fuzzy about this part. And i also working on the sortable recently. I just wanna figure out what is the trigger for mouse released? I wanna do a Ajax after the drag & drop done. Could anyone can help with it? I'll appreciate it!

Chris Cundill
September 10, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

It's beautiful - thanks for sharing this - it helped me solve a bug in a version I was working on! The bug was that the list would jump all over the place when dragging items. Know what fixed it? Padding on the list element! In fact 1px of padding solves it!

Hey, BTW, for extra user-friendliness, why don't you add the 'cursor: move;' artribute to your div and img? That way, the user gets a nice multi-directional arrow cursor to indicate that the thing is movable!!

Stan
September 10, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hi,
How to use this code using a table instead of unordered list ?
Currently I have table that looks like
<table cellspacing="10" id="columns">
<tr>
<td id="col1" class="portlet"></td>
<td id="col2" class="portlet"></td>
<td id="col3" class="portlet"></td>
</tr>
</table>

And my jQuery is

jQuery('#columns td').sortable(
{
accept: 'portlet',
helperclass: 'sort_placeholder',
handle: 'div.portlet_topper',
axis: 'float',
revert: true,
opacity: 0.7,
tolerance: 'pointer',
fx: 200,
bla bla
}
)

I can drag and drop the items inside a same cell but I can't move them to another cell.
I mean move an Item from col1 to col3.

Any help ?

Stan

JR
September 21, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Thanks for thies article. I got drag-n-drop sort working nicely, but I have no idea how to trigger my SAVE function each time a list item is dropped into a new position. jQuery and UI docs weren't helpful. Can anyone please help? I just prefer not to have to click a button everytime I want to save the new list order. Thanks!

hybernaut
September 25, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

@JR: to trigger the SavePhotos function each time the order is changed, add the following to the sortables() option list:

stop: SavePhotos

hybernaut
September 25, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

@Stan: What version of jQuery UI are you working with? I don't recognize some of the options you're using ('accept', 'helperclass').

To allow dragging between columns in UI 1.5.2, call sortable() on each of the column containers, and pass an array of IDs of the *other* column containers. It's a bit of a pain to do this in a generic way, but here's what I'm using now, where my column containers are siblings:

  $('div.widget-column').each(function(){
    var siblings = $(this).siblings('.widget-column');
    siblings = $.map(siblings, function(n){return "#" + n.id;});

    $(this).sortable({connectWith:siblings});
  });


I'm convinced that this can be easier...anyone have suggestions on how?

Rick Strahl
September 25, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

@hybernaut - the docs for sortable are uhm incomplete. If you look at the source you'll find a few additional options that can be used. Offhand I can remember the ones above, but I do remember looking at the source and seeing options that weren't documented.

shalan
November 13, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Wow! great article, and provides me with a good start for what I intend to do. Could I just get your advice on something that maybe very elementary before I start tho...I have a sortable unordered list (just text) that also contains nested lists. after sorting, if I were to iterate through the each "li" would I be able to save the re-ordered changes to a database? thanks!

Mary
November 30, 2008

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

phenononal work! thanks so much!

is there an option that i can use that is called before the sorting starts, where i can make an ajax call....and if needed, prevent the update callback from triggering?

i have tried them all it seems, and update is always triggered

thanks so much!

Tim Hoelscher
March 04, 2009

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Very nice and thorough treatment! A lot of the examples/tutorials on sortables cover only a small part of the problem - the added "save" example was particularly valuable!

Sebastien
June 19, 2009

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

this is my code without having a save button... it automaticly send the data to a link on the server

$(function() {
    $("#sortable").sortable({
           stop: function() {
                items = $("#sortable li");
                photos = '';
                for(var x=0; x<items.length; x++){
                    photos += items[x].id +';';                              
                  }                
                $("#num").load("/users/test5/" + photos); 
             }
    });
    
    $("#sortable").disableSelection();
});


and then after you just have to implode the array and do the thing you want on the server like saving the order on your database for example... ;)

Rick Strahl
June 19, 2009

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

@Sebastian - yes you can definitely save each item as it's resorted immediately, but it depends on what you're after. If you have a big list I wouldn't want to save with each sort operation necessarily, especially since you lose the ability to undo the sorting at that point.

vimal p
June 30, 2009

# re: jQuery photo album create new album

I am not able to create new album. As per instruction I have created new folder under "photoalbum" project with a image inside it. I also copied Showphotos.aspx in template folder. As per instruction file , on running createalbum.aspx from this new folder it create thumbnail and .xml file automatically. and a default.aspx also get generated. But it does nt do so. Kindly help in setting up new album.

andy
July 06, 2009

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

hi that's great article, exactly what i am looking for. but i was wondering if you could explain more detail that how to display items with customised order.
for example:
the order was 1,2,3
and we display them 3,2,1 now

thx in advance

david
August 04, 2009

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

is there any way to save the change by using the jQuery ui ?

Pieter
August 10, 2009

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hi Rick

Excellent post. I also found this post: http://www.wil-linssen.com/extending-the-jquery-sortable-with-ajax-mysql/ which explains how you can use the $('selector').sortable('serialize'); to get the new order. Thought I'd put it here for someone that might need it, it really helped me.

Pieter

minh hieu
September 06, 2009

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

hi Rick,

I like it so much. But I have a problem, when i run it on IE 6, it work not good.

stephen d
September 10, 2009

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

thanks a lot for sharing, very informative

srinath
October 22, 2009

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

I am looking for a multi drag and drop and multi sortable feature .
There will be two divs ListA and ListB where elements in ListA should be able to drag and drop on target ie ListB.
I should be able to sort elements in ListA supporting multiple elements at a time to sort and drag .

Please suggest me how to do in jQuery and show demo site if available

thanks in advance,
sri..

Shai Leib
December 09, 2009

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hi Rick,

I am trying to setup nested sortable tabs in JQUERY. I got it working somewhat, but I get draggable errors int eh draggable stop "data(...).options is null".

Here is my POC:
<html>
<head>
<link href="themes/light-blue/ui.all.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
<title>Multilevel Menu</title>
<style type="text/css">
ul.top-nav li span.parent-li
{
/*--Drop down trigger styles--*/
padding: .5em 1em;
float: left;
}
ul.top-nav li span.subhover
{
background-position: center bottombottom;
cursor: pointer;
}
/*--Hover effect for trigger--*/ul.top-nav li ul.sub-nav
{
list-style: none;
position: absolute; /*--Important - Keeps sub-nav from affecting main navigation flow--*/
left: 0;
top: 28px;
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
display: none;
float: left;
width: 170px;
}
ul.top-nav li ul.sub-nav li
{
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
border-top: 1px solid #252525; /*--Create bevel effect--*/
border-bottom: 1px solid #444; /*--Create bevel effect--*/
clear: both;
width: 170px;
}
html ul.top-nav li ul.sub-nav li a
{
float: left;
width: 145px;
padding-left: 20px;
}
html ul.top-nav li ul.sub-nav li a:hover
{
}
</style>

<script src="scripts/JqueryLib/jquery-1.3.2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

<script src="scripts/JqueryLib/plugins/ui/jquery-ui-1.7.2.custom.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
$(function() {
var $tabs = $("#tabs").tabs();
var sorts = $("#tabs").find(".ui-tabs-nav");
var tabUpdate = function(e, ui) {
try {
var itemToRemove = $($tabs).data('itemInTransit');
var parent = $($tabs).data('parent');
parent.removeClass('ui-not-sortable');
var t = $(ui.item);
$(itemToRemove).remove();
$(ui.item).draggable({

helper: function(event, element) {

var clone = $(this).clone();
$($tabs).data('itemInTransit', $(this));
return clone;

},
opacity: 0.8,
connectToSortable: '.ui-tabs-nav',
cursor: 'move'


});
$(ui.item).find("a").click(function(e) {

var parent = $(this).parent().parent().parent();
if (parent.is("li") === true && parent.find('ul').size() > 0) {
$($tabs).data('parent', parent);
$(parent).addClass('ui-not-sortable');
}

});
}
catch (err) {
var e = err;
}

}
$(sorts).sortable({
//items: "li:not(.ui-not-sortable)",
cursor: 'move',
helper: 'clone',
connectWith: '.ui-tabs-nav',
cancel: '.ui-not-sortable',
update: function(e, ui) {
tabUpdate(e, ui);
}
});

$("ul.top-nav li ul li").draggable({

helper: function(event, element) {

var clone = $(this).clone();
$($tabs).data('itemInTransit', $(this));
return clone;

},
opacity: 0.8,
connectToSortable: '.ui-tabs-nav',
cursor: 'move'


});


$("ul.top-nav li span.parent-li").toggle(
function() {
$(this).parent().find("ul.sub-nav").show();
},
function() {
$(this).parent().find("ul.sub-nav").hide();
}
);

$("ul.top-nav li ul li a").click(function(e) {


var parent = $(this).parent().parent().parent();
$($tabs).data('parent', parent);
parent.addClass('ui-not-sortable');

});


});



</script>

</head>
<body>
<div id="tabs">
<ul class="ui-tabs-nav top-nav">
<li><a href="#fragment-1"><span>One</span></a></li>
<li><a href="#fragment-2"><span>Two</span></a></li>
<li><a href="#fragment-3"><span>Three</span></a></li>
<li><span class="parent-li">Four</span>
<ul class="ui-tabs-nav sub-nav">
<li><a href="#fragment-4"><span>fragment-4</span></a></li>
<li><a href="#fragment-5"><span>fragment-5</span></a></li>
</ul>
</li>
</ul>
<div id="fragment-1">
<p>
First tab is active by default:</p>
$('#example').tabs();

</div>
<div id="fragment-2">
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<div id="fragment-4">
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</div>
<div id="fragment-5">
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</div>
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</body>
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Twitter Mirror
January 07, 2010

# jQuery.ui Sortable Asp.net http://www.west-wind.com/weblog/posts/332037.aspx

jQuery.ui Sortable Asp.net http://www.west-wind.com/weblog/posts/332037.aspx

Irfan
January 15, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

very nice

Irfan
January 15, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

I need one help can anybody please help on the following senerio

i have one div container that contain one html table with multiple rows
i am trying to drag of rows using jquery , its working fine for me
but the problem is if the selected row is coming at most bottom of div then the vertical
scroll is not working automatically.

i want while dragging rows the vertical scroll should work automatically

please help me

thanks
irfan

Paddy
April 23, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

HI Rick,

Great post. I was trying to do something similar. Sorting out the divs.
I dwnloaded the code and was trying to search for the implementation of the photo album.
I sould not find that. Am i missing something.
If possible can you please post the code for the photoalbum.

Thanks

Peter Benson
April 26, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hi great article, exactly what i am looking for.

Is there a way to add a menu?

Ja
April 29, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hi,

I was wondering if it was possible to get the code for the photoalbum. I could not located it in the zip file.

Or if anyone else has it could you put it some where i could access it.

thanks

som
May 03, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Thats helpful!
thanQ........

But, how does this value persist on postback?
where are you getting back the values from database?
Does it work for postback?

som
May 04, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

I am a beginner……
I am doing a igoogle panel implementation in a website….
I would like to know how Sortable works on Postback?

I have placed 8 datagrids(ASP.Net) in 8 portlets(div) and 2 columns(div), like this

And the sortable is working fine…….
I am trying to implement the Igoogle panels, where the user can
save his settings, but using a save button……
So when i randomize the order and save it i am able to get the sorted order
and saving userid and preferences(sort string) to the database.....
I already have the sorted string with me,
say the original order is div1,div2,div3,div4…..
Sorted order is div3,div2,div1,div4……
I saved this sorted order into a string and saved it to the database,
but when the page reloads, the order reverts back to original order
i.e, div1,div2,div3,div4……
I also have the sorted string on postback, but I dont know how to
call the sortable function using the list div3,div2,div1,div4……

How to call the sortable with this string?
How can I pass the arguments to sortable?

DNCDude
May 24, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Anyone knows where the code sample for the photo album is? I did download the zip file linked in this post (the jqueryweb project) and haven't found the photo album project in it. Am I being dense?

Thanks

Niloy
July 09, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hi Rich,

I am looking for your excellent photoalbum solution. But couldn't find it within the link http://www.west-wind.com/files/conferences/jQuery.zip. Could you please send me the photoalbum solution.

Thanks,
Niloy

Lucas
September 01, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

If the scrolling is not working check if the wrapper div (or any of them) doesn't have overflow set to auto. That was the issue in my case.

Matt Moeller
September 24, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Excellent work, I have been using a scriptaculous version that has since stopped working with the advent of IE8, it drags and fails to release the element, uggh. I added some code as a workaround but your solution offers a couple features not present in my implimentation, time for an upgrade, thanks for sharing dude.

Arvind
November 23, 2010

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hello Rick,

The sample at the url you provided is really awesome.
http://www.west-wind.com/rick/photoalbum/demoMaui2006/Default.aspx?Admin=true

Can you share the code used for the photoalbum page you put on your site. i want to implement similar sort of UI for my project at school. I am really new to JQuery so it would be great if i could get some ideas from your code.

Thanks in advance.

-Arvind

Anshuman
January 30, 2011

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hey hi,
I am searching for multi selectable drag and drop sortable plugin..

Please let me know if ur plugin can meets that requirement.Also i would like if u can help me getting one.

Atiq Javed
February 05, 2011

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Hi Rick,

Just came across this article and think this is awesome. I have photo details stored in a database and display the images in using standard ListView in asp.net. I am new to jQuery.

I would like to display an album and then to rearrange the order or the photos; change the captions and/or delete the photos just like the example http://www.west-wind.com/rick/photoalbum/demoMaui2006/Default.aspx?Admin=true

Could you please provide the steps that I need to follow in order to achieve the following:
- Firstly to display the photos from the Photo table in the database
- Rearrange the order; change caption and/or delete the photo(s)
- Final to update the changes in the Photo table

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Todd Jensen
October 30, 2012

# re: jQuery.ui Sortable

Does anyone know if there is a Magento extension that will perform the same kind of image sort feature for a product's pictures in the backend? I'd like to easily be able to sort my product pictures while editing a product by simply dragging and dropping. Or is this possible already and I'm just missing it?
 

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