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This tutorial is incomplete - treat it with caution.

This page will walk you through an example of using the Infusion Reorderer's reorderImages() function to reorder image thumbnails in a collection.

This tutorial assumes that:

  • you are already familiar with HTML, Javascript and CSS
  • you are familiar with what the Image Reorderer is and does
  • now you just want to know how to add it to your file.

For more general information about the Reorderer, see Reorderer. For technical API documentation, see Image Reorderer API and Advanced Reorderer API.

Tutorial: How to Use the Image Reorderer


Suppose you're not satisfied with any of the image sharing applications currently available on the web, and you're convinced that you can write a better one. You want to use Infusion's Image Reorderer to let your users re-arrange the images in their collections.

There are five basic steps to using the Image Reorderer in your application:

  • Setup: Download and install the Fluid Infusion library
  • Step 1: Prepare your markup
  • Step 2: Write the script
  • Step 3: Add the script to your HTML
  • Step 4: Apply styles

The rest of this tutorial will explain each of these steps in detail.


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Setup: Download and install the Fluid Infusion library

  1. Download a copy of the Fluid Infusion component library from:
  2. Unpack the zip file you just downloaded, and place the resulting folder somewhere convenient for your development purposes.
    The folder will have the release number in its name (e.g. infusion-1.4/). The rest of this tutorial will use infusion-1.4 in its examples, but if you downloaded a different version, you'll have to adjust.

Step 1: Prepare your markup

Let's suppose you have some simple markup displaying your image collections. To use the Image Reorderer, your image thumbnails must each be within a <div> element, and the collection of thumbnails must be contained within an element. A simple example of this could be:

    <title>Image Collection</title>


      <div><img src="img1.jpg"/></div>
      <div><img src="img2.jpg"/></div>
      <div><img src="img3.jpg"/></div>


Step 2: Write the script

Step 3: Add the script to your HTML

Step 4: Apply styles

Step 1 - Include the Fluid component library

The first step is to include the Fluid component library code in your file. Do this by adding a script tag to the header referencing the Fluid-all.js javascript file:

  <title>Image Collection</title>
  <script type="text/javascript" src="Fluid-all.js"></script>

Step 2 - Add element IDs

The second step is to add IDs to the elements that the Image Reorderer needs to know about.

First, add an ID to the element that contains all of the image thumbnails. This ID can be anything unique. For this example, we'll use "image-collection":

<div id="image-collection">

Next, we need to add a unique ID to each of the thumbnail <div> s. This ID must be of a specific form: it must start with the string that was used for the container ID, followed by "lightbox-cell:", a number indicating the index, and finally a ":". This is shown below for our example:

<div id="image-collection">
  <div id="image-collectionlightbox-cell:1:"><img src="img1.jpg"/></div>
  <div id="image-collectionlightbox-cell:2:"><img src="img2.jpg"/></div>
  <div id="image-collectionlightbox-cell:3:"><img src="img3.jpg"/></div>

I know this seems a bit complex, but in the real world, these IDs will be generated by the server, and you won't have to write them by hand.

Step 3 - Add initialization script

The third step is to actually create the Lighbox by calling the initialization script. This initialization function has the form

fluid.lightbox.createLightboxFromId (containerId, options);

The Lightbox initialization function allows you to pass in a number of optional parameters to configure some aspects of the Lightbox, including a 'callback' function. The callback communicates changes in the ordering of images back to the server. In its "out-of-the-box" form, the Lightbox includes a default callback function that uses a form with hidden <input> elements in the markup to record the indexes of the elements. For our example, we will disable the default callback by specifying an empty function as one of the optional parameters:

<script type="text/javascript">
  fluid.lightbox.createLightboxFromIds ("image-collection", { orderChangedCallback : function(){} });

Step 4 - Define styles

The final step is to create styles so that 'interesting moments' in the reordering of images are easily apparent to the user.

The Image Reorderer pre-defines a number of class names that will be used for this purpose. It's possible, through the optional configuration, to override these class names, but for this example, we'll just define styles for the default class names.

The first style is the default style to be applied to any image thumbnail. For our example, we'll float the images so that they appear to be in a grid, and give them a background colour:

    background-color: #eee;
    float: left;

The second style is applied to the element that has been selected. A visual indication will inform users that the thumbnail can be moved using keystrokes. For our example, we'll change the background colour:

    background-color: #ddd;
    float: left;

The Image Reorderer also supports mouse-based drag and drop, and another style is used when the cursor hovers over a thumbnail, to inform users that the thumbnail can be moved using the mouse. For our example, we'll change the background colour again, but we'll use a different colour:

    background-color: lightyellow;
    cursor: move;
    float: left;

When a thumbnail is in the process of being moved, either by keyboard or by mouse-based drag and drop, a 'dragging' style is applied to the thumbnail to indicate this. We'll change the background colour for this:

.orderable-dragging {
    background-color: lightyellow;
    float: left;

When the mouse is used to pick up a thumbnail and move it, an 'avatar' is created to represent the thumbnail being dragged. By default, the avatar is a copy of the item. A style is applied that can be used to modify the appearance of the avatar. For our example, we will make it semi-transparent:

.orderable-avatar {
    opacity: 0.55;

Finally, when the mouse is used to move a thumbnail, a 'drop marker' is displayed in the location where the thumbnail will end up if it is dropped. The last style is used to control what that marker looks like. We'll make it a vertical red bar:

    height: 10px !important;
    width: 4px;
    background-color: red;
    float: left;

That's it! Your Image Reorderer is now functional, and you can rearrange the images in your collection. Congratulations!

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