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Often you might want to present a table of items, each of which links to its own page. Typically you might add an additional cell with a link to go to the item-specific page.

Wouldn’t it be better if the entire row was itself clickable? Well, I did the googling, and here’s one easy way I’ve found to accomplish that.

You’ll need a little jQuery:

Of course, you can choose to put this only on pages that need it, but it’s not very heavy and if it’s on your site-wide template, you can quickly apply this method to any table you want by just adding a class to the tbody tag (all of your tables do have thead and tbody tags, right?)

For that hover callback to have the desired effect and let your users know they should click on the row, you’ll need a little bit of css as well:

You could put this css change right in the javascript, but I find this pointer class comes in handy throughout my site anyway.

Finally, for any tables which you want to behave this way, just use markup like the following:

Notice the content of the “Name” field is outside of the link tag and the link itself has no content. This ensures no actual link will be visible to confuse users, all they have to do is click anywhere on the row.

For a real example, checkout the archives page.

09 Feb 2012, tagged with self