Article published by: Leah Rowe
Date of publication: 19 December 2021 (updated on 24 December 2021)
1337box is a simple, insanely optimized Lightbox replacement in pure CSS.
Demos are available
With 1337box, you can click an image on a page and a full sized zoomed in version of it appears, filling the width/height of your browser window.
You can download it from a Git repository:
git clone https://notabug.org/1337box/1337box
Direct links to the latest file, each with varying levels of optimization:
Benefits over other Lightbox implementations include:
How to understand CSS rules:
.f is the full image, and
.t is the thumbnail.
For versions with the shadow effect, establish images like so:
<img tabindex=1 src="image_thumbnail.png" /><span class="f"><img src="image_full.png" /></span>
For versions without the shadow effect, establish images like so:
<img tabindex=1 src="image_thumbnail.png" /><img class="f" src="image_full.png" />
default version scales images to a max width and height filling the browser window. These versions are mobile-friendly (on all versions, it is recommended to view full images in widescreen mode, if you’re viewing it on a smartphone).
nocursor version removes the cursor icon that appears (on desktop browsers) when hovering over images.
shadow version adds a shadow effect, darkening what’s behind the image. Depending on your site, you may want to use this version (it looks very similar to normal lightbox).
nocenter do not center the image.
cursed versions set the full image statically to fill the height of the browser window, and sets the max width to the width of the browser window. It is recommended that you don’t use wide images with this one, and view in widescreen mode if using a mobile device. These versions are highly optimized, but less technically correct versus the original lightbox behaviour.
supercursed versions are like the
cursed versions, but they do not set a maximum width. Otherwise, the same rules apply.
The only versions that have the cursor icon appear over images (when hovering), on desktop browsers, are
1337box_default.css version and
1337box_shadow.css. If you like this behaviour, and want to add it on other versions, simply add this line in CSS:
If you have elements extending beyond the width of the browser screen, such that horizontal scrolling is enabled,
1337box will break horribly, because it will scale to that extended size.
Please ensure that your pages don’t horizontally scroll.
If using the
cursed versions, please ensure that the aspect ratio of your full sized images do not exceed the aspect ratio of the browser window.
Send a pull request: https://notabug.org/1337box/1337box/pulls
You can also send the patch via email. My info is on the contact page of vimuser.org.
You may also consider building websites using the untitled static site generator. With this, you can write pages in Markdown but it uses Pandoc to generate HTML, and you can still insert HTML into pandoc-style Markdown files.
Untitled and 1337box are both written with a simple goal: to make the web sane.
1337box is released under the terms of the Creative Commons Zero 1.0 license. You can view that license text here:
A copy of that file has been included, alongside 1337box inside the Git repository, in the
That license ALSO applies to this page/document that you are reading now! This text is released under the terms of the Creative Commons Zero 1.0 license.
As such, you can freely use 1337box for any purpose you desire. It is completely free, in every sense of the word.
Markdown file for this page: https://vimuser.org/1337box.md
This HTML page was generated by the untitled static site generator.