Demo 1

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Tab panel groups. Multiple objects can be instantiated on one page.


Cross-browser, downgradeable, and unobtrusive. Disable Javascript and reload this page.


In 2 files: tpg_def.css for default styles, and tpg_dyn.css for dynamic overrides when Javascript is enabled.


The content is in the HTML - it is not written with Javascript.

Demo 2

But I must explain...

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But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

On the other hand...

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On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains.

Demo 3

A simple example of how to use the object's static select method.

Select tab 2 of demo 1.

Select tab 4 of demo 2.


This demo uses the following files: this page, x.js, xTabPanelGroup.js, tpg_def.css, tpg_dyn.css.



Check out the cool new styles on the tabs! Thanks very much to Josť Ignacio for contributing the CSS files!


Jonathan needed a way to dynamically select tabs (a useful addition to this object). At first it looks like you could just do this: tpg2.tabs[0].onclick(). But that won't work because I made the tabs[] array private ;-). So I added a method to select() a tab. It is used onload to select tab 3 of demo 2.

I made some other changes which make the demo even more downgradeable/accessible.


There have been several people finding problems and making suggestions for xTabPanelGroup. pdub23 found a little Firefox quirk (inputs had focus but no cursor) and he and Josť Ignacio Santa Cruz both pointed out that form controls were 'showing through' for IE. I think I've fixed both issues.

I made changes to both x_tpg.js and tpg_dyn.css.

Related Demos

xTabPanelGroup demo 2 with liquid width and floating, vertical toolbar.

TPG Basic illustrates the basic concepts.


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