Wrapping around Flickity for infinite looping
21 Dec 2014
Sliders like Jssor and Slick have the ability to wrap around their cells, making an infinite loop. Users can keep progressing through the gallery without hitting an end. While I'm not sure if this is a good UI pattern (an infinite loop could be disorienting), I imagine that this is a nice feature that people will ask for.
Here's a simple slider you can drag left and right.
For this demo, there are only three cells. After cell #3, the next cell should be cell #1. One way to resolve this is to move cell #1 to the end of cell #3 when it's about to be shown. This could work, but it would require moving around all the cells and keeping track of where they are.
Another way is to clone cells so there's overlap to work with. Both Jssor and Slick use this technique.
Now the slider can be repositioned when the overlap is visible. The slider position needs to be kept between
-sliderWidth + cellWidth, or 0 and
sliderWidth if you subtract
cellWidth. This math makes use of the remainder operator
var modNum = ( ( num % max ) + max ) % max
// keep angle between 0 and 360 angle = ( ( angle % 360 ) + 360 ) % 360
The tracked position can move outside these bounds, but when it is applied to the rendered position of the slider, then it is wrapped.
There's a lot more going on with Flickity — calculating selected cells and applying forces. But the same principle applies. Try flicking all the way around this demo.
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