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JavaScript jQuery Basics (2014) Creating a Simple Lightbox Perform: Part 3

Hi I Cant Spot the error?

Hi everyone,

Looked over this code a number of times but I cant find the issue really need a fresh set of eyes !

The issue im having is that the the overlay is showing instantly thus preventing being able to click on the links....

var $overlay = $('<div id="overlay"></div>');
var $image = $("<img>");


// Add overlay
  // An image
  // A caption

// Capture the click event on a link to an image
$("#image-gallery a").click(function(event){
  var imageLocation = $(this).attr("href");
  // Update overlay with the image linked in the link
  $image.attr("src", imageLocation);

  // Show overlay

  // Get Childs alt att and set caption


Thanks! Craig

Elliot Alderton
Elliot Alderton
11,955 Points

I think its because your $("body").append($overlay); is showing the overlay (it isn't hidden when you append it). You could try $("body").append($overlay); $overlay.hide();

Try removing the hyphen in "#image-gallery a".

Hi everyone!

I have used the: $overlay.hide(); at the end of my code outside the function and it seems to have cured the problem the only strange thing is that I've re-watched the video and at no point does Andrew Chalkley add this code :S

My code seems to me to match but only when adding the above does it perform in the same way....

Maybe Andrew being the extremely kind could try to explain this one because its gone well over my head ....

Thanks everyone im glad I have a solution in the mean time to carry on with course!

Thanks Again!

2 Answers

Jonathan Sebastiao
Jonathan Sebastiao
14,271 Points

I believe you have to hide the $overlay now. You have it showing without it being hidden after.

 ```$overlay.click(function(){$overlay.hide();)}; ```

I agree. Not having this will give users no way to close the overlay, outside of refreshing the page

Hi everyone!

Just thought id update you all on the error of my ways.....

Clearly my listening and watching skills were at a null on the day I first watched the video in question, as right at the end Andrew tells us to ad a display: none property and value to the #overlay in the css file.....

Thank you all for your help!


Jonathan Sebastiao
Jonathan Sebastiao
14,271 Points

Well that makes a lot of sense too. Good to know.