When you click open - a div slides out. If you click on the new div, an additional div slides out from under it. This is working great, but I need two things that I cant figure out!

  1. How can I condense the jQuery so I don't have to add a class to it every time I want a new slider? Is it possible to do a .sibling kind of thing, or something like this?

  2. I've tried making a close button, but I cannot get it to work the way I want. When you click close, I want the bottom div to close first, then the slide out div to close. And this button would need to work even if only one div is open.


$(document).ready(function() {
   $("#test").click(function () {
      $(".cambridge").toggle("slide", { direction: "right" }, 1000);
   $("#test2").click(function () {
      $(".shopping").toggle("slide", { direction: "up" }, 1000);
  • \$\begingroup\$ I figured out the second part! Now if you hit the close button, the bottom slider closes first, then the main slider closes second. jsfiddle.net/avXSd/78 I still think there is a way to condense this function so that I don't have to edit it every time I want to add a new div. Any thoughts? \$\endgroup\$
    – Anthony A
    Nov 27, 2012 at 19:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't understand your first question. What Css Class are you talking about? i don't see you're adding any class. Regarding the second question, you can use the complete callback function on the toggle fn. // That's the second question $('#showmap').click(function() { $(".shopping").toggle("slide", { direction: "up" }, 1000, function () { $(".cambridge").toggle("slide", { direction: "right" }, 1000); }); }); \$\endgroup\$ Apr 13, 2016 at 10:53

2 Answers 2


A quick review:


  • Your code passes all checks, well done


  • test and test2 are unfortunate names for elements, I am sure you can come up with something better

Counter Proposal

Looking at the code, there is definitely repetition in making those sliders, you can extract what is common in to a function, and then use that function for any future sliders:

(This is blatantly stolen/modified from the deleted answer):

$(document).ready(function() {

   function registerSlider( buttonId, sliderClass, direction){
     $(buttonId).click(function () {
       $(sliderClass).toggle("slide", { direction: direction }, 1000);
   registerSlider("#test", '.cambridge', 'right' );
   registerSlider("#test2", '.shopping', 'up' );


Your questions

  1. I showed in my counter proposal how you can condense the code, but I do believe you will need each time a distinct class

  2. Finding the answer to that question is not trivial (we would need a working sample), and not something codereview does.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Haha, your answer tricked me into answering a 4 year old question as well. Well done. :D \$\endgroup\$ Jan 11, 2017 at 18:53

Let me show you another way, how you can handle this. This solution will work with any number of slides. I hope this helps you. The basic idea is this:

  • open a slide
  • save this slide on a stack
  • continue opening slides or
  • close one or more slides

In case of closing it will close all slides up to the selected one. This way you don't need a close all button and you can't get a result where a "nested" slide is still open but its parent is closed.


To loosen the JavaScript from the markup I've introduced some data-*-attributes:

  • data-slide="[name]"
  • data-id="[name]"
  • data-direction="[right|up]"

data-slide="[name]" represents a trigger for a slide. In your case:

<div data-slide="slide-1">Toggle Slider</div>

data-id="[name]" identifies a slide. Also information about the direction is stored here:

<div class="cambridge slideout" data-id="slide-1" data-direction="right"> 


const DELAY = 1000;
var stack = [];

function close(e) {
    var value = null;

    if (!stack.length) {

    value = stack.pop();
    value.removeClass('active').toggle('slide', {direction: value.data('direction')}, DELAY);

    if (!e.length || e.data('id') != value.data('id')) {
        setTimeout(function() { close(e); }, DELAY);

$('[data-slide]').click(function() {
    var e = $('[data-id="' + $(this).data('slide') + '"]');

    if (!e.hasClass('active')) {
        e.addClass('active').toggle('slide', {direction: e.data('direction')}, DELAY);
    } else {


  • HTML and JavaScript are more decoupled
  • no class- or id-selectors necessary
  • no close all function necessary (but you can simply call close() to close all slides anyway)
  • no ghost slides are visible if you close a "parent" element

Further Improvements

This code can have side effects, when you open a slide while it's closing multiple others. This should be addressed.

jsFiddle Demo

Try before buy

  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Very nice answer ;) +1 \$\endgroup\$
    – konijn
    Jan 11, 2017 at 19:07

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