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11 jQuery Content Sliders
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A quick survey of jQuery content sliders identified almost 30 options!  Since the goal is to integrate this with the RavenNuke™ content management system primarily for news articles that may or may not have associated images, the ability to slide HTML content (as opposed to just images) knocked out almost one third.  Having an open source license without requiring branding (sorry, SlideDeck), knocked out almost another third - leaving 11 real options.

Check out this feature comparison of 11 jQuery content sliders.  Which do you prefer?  Key factors include license, size, navigation capabilities, supported transitions, and other features.  Although I'd like to consider how well the tool degrades (i.e. does it work without javascript), most do and it's quite a bit of work to verify.  Similar issues exist with HTML compliance and support for browsers (few list compatibility). Some aren't true plugins and don't have a license beyond that of jQuery and other components like the commonly supported easing transitions plugin.

Read more to find my initial favorite...

Features / Attributes Anything Slider Awkward showcase bxSlider carouFredSel CodaSlider dualSlider Featured Content Slider jQuery Tools Scrollable simpleSli.de Slides SudoSlider
Requires jQuery,
easing (opt)
jQuery jQuery, easing (opt) jQuery,
easing (opt), nap (opt)
jQuery 1.3+, CodaSlider, easing (opt) jQuery 1.32, easing.1.3, timers-1.2 jQuery 1.3+, UI 1.5.3+ jQuery, jQuery Tools jQuery 1.4+ jQuery 1.4.4+, easing (opt) jQuery, easing (opt)
Version 1.7.4 1.1.1 3.0 4.2.3 2.0 0.3 n/a 1.2.5 1.6 1.1.8 2.1.1
License n/a CC AS 3.0 MIT MIT, GPL MIT, GPL n/a n/a n/a n/a Apache MIT, GPL
Size 14KB 27KB 22KB 20KB 9.38KB 4.2KB n/a 46KB 6KB 8.4KB 9KB
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Slider content HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS, Ajax

Thumbnails / HTML preview HTML, CSS yes HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS

Title bars HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS, title (images) HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS HTML, CSS ? HTML, CSS HTML, CSS

Auto Number yes yes no no no yes? no yes w/ navigator no no yes

Auto "Dot" (not via HTML) yes yes no yes no no no no no yes yes

Prev / Next yes arrows yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes yes

Autoplay yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

Auto Delay yes no yes yes yes yes no no no no no

pause / resume ; start / stop yes no yes yes no yes no yes no no no

Number of items to scroll (carousel) yes thumbnails yes yes no no no yes w/ autoscroll no no yes

Mouse wheel support ? ? ? yes ? ? ? yes ? ? ?

Pause on Hover yes yes yes yes no no yes yes w/ autoscroll no yes yes

onBefore function yes no yes yes no no no yes yes yes yes

onAfter function yes no yes yes no no no no no yes yes

onSlideInit yes no no yes no no no no no no no

onSlideBegin (animation) yes no no no no no no no no yes no

onEnd / SlideComplete function yes no yes yes no no no yes no yes no

onFirst / ScrollBefore function no no yes yes no no no no no no no

onLast / ScrollAfter function no no yes yes no no no no no no no

onNext function no no yes yes no no no yes no no no

onPrev function no no yes yes no no no yes no no no

onPause yes no no yes no no no no no no no

onResume yes no no yes no no no no no no no

random start no no yes yes no no no no no no no

pause video when not showing yes no no no no no no no no no no
Transitions











Interval yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

swing (jQuery default) yes
yes yes yes yes
yes
yes yes

linear (jQuery default) yes
yes yes yes yes
yes
yes yes

fade no yes yes yes no no no no no yes yes

cross fade no no no yes no no no no no yes yes

cover no no no yes no no no no no no no

uncover no no no yes no no no no no no no

vertical no yes yes yes no no no yes no no yes

carousel / ticker / viewline
yes yes yes no no no yes no no yes

easing transitions yes
yes yes yes yes
yes
yes yes
Other











width, height (if no, can be CSS) yes yes no yes no no no no yes no no

auto height, auto width no yes no yes yes, no no no no images only yes yes

My pick so far: carouFredSel.

 

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