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HTML data attributes

All fields on a page that you want to be editable can be marked up using HTML data-* attributes. The plugin uses these to set up the element so that it can be edited on the page and the value submitted to the server.

The simplest case would look something like this

  <span class="editable" data-url="/api/modify/188/name">Zoe</span>

HTML data attributes

Here we have the complete list of data attributes that can be set.


The url to submit the form data to. The default is the same url as the page itself. It must be a page that can accept submitted form data.

  <span class="editable" data-url="/api/modify/188/name">Jo</span>


The type of form element to be created. Can be one of 'input' for a regular text input, 'select' for a select dropdown box, or 'textarea' for a multiline text area. The default is 'input'.

  <div class="editable" data-url="/api/modify/188/bio"
    data-type="textarea" >
    This could be a long section of text.


This is a selector for an element which should be used to activate the edit area rather than clicking on the text itself. Usually you would use an id to uniquely identify the edit button.

  <div class="editable" data-url="/api/modify/188/bio"
    This could be a long section of text.

  <span id="bio-edit" class="button">Edit!</span>

In this example clicking on the word 'Edit!' will activate the editing control.


If supplied this is the editable version of the text. In the case of a select edit control, it must be a JSON list of value, text pairs. If neither data-data nor data-loadurl is supplied, then the editing control is initialised with the text from the element.

  <span class="editable" data-url="/api/modify/188/colour"
    data-data='[["1", "Red"], ["2", "Green"], ["3", "Blue"]]'>Blue</span>


If set then it is the url from which to load data. A GET http request is made to the 'loadurl' with the same parameters that would be sent on submit. The server returns data that is used as the initial value of the edit field.

In the example, the dropdown list is supplied by the server.

  <span class="editable" data-url="/api/modify/188/colour"

This is useful if the text is in markdown, textile or other wiki like format. The loadurl fetches the wiki text which is edited and sent to the server to update. The server then returns the HTML version of the field to display.


If set, then there will be an OK button next to the input or textarea field. The text on the button will be the value of this option. By default there is no submit button, and data is submitted on blur. If there is only an OK button, then blur cancels the edit without submitting anything to the server.

  <span class="editable" data-url="/api/modify/188/name"

Buttons can only be associated with text inputs, ie 'input' and' textarea'.


If set, then there will be a cancel button next to the input or textarea field. The text on the button will be the value of this option. By default there is no cancel button. If there are both OK and cancel buttons, then blur has no effect and you must either explicitly click OK or cancel. This is in my opinion the best option for large text fields.

  <div class="editable" data-url="/api/modify/188/bio"
   Lots of text here.


If set then this value will be sent to the server as part of the post data. It is intended to identify the field of a particular object that is being set, but you can of course use it however you like.


If set the this value will be sent to the server as part of the post data. It is intended to identify the object to be set, but you can interpret it in any way that you like.

  <span class="editable" data-url="/api/modify"


If set (which is the default) then data is displayed as text. That is to say '<p>' would display literally and does not cause a paragraph break. If you disable it then the data received back from the server will be interpreted as html. You are responsible for making sure this is safe.


If the element is empty, then you would not be able to click on it to start editing. So if it is empty, then jinplace will add the placeholder text as specified with this attribute or config setting. When editing, this placeholder text is removed. The default value is '[ --- ]' (This attribute was named 'data-nil' in previous versions)


The input field will have this class. There is no default.

Config settings

You can use any of the data attributes as a config setting when you call .jinplace(). The setting name is formed by removing the 'data-' prefix and changing hyphenated words with camel case words. So ' data-attribute' is 'attribute' and 'data-text-only' is 'textOnly'.

An object can be passed to .jinplace() containing the desired settings.

    url: '/api/modify',
    textOnly: false,
    placeholder: 'Click to edit',
    okButton: 'OK',
    cancelButton: 'Cancel'

You can also set defaults that will apply to all .jinplace() calls.

$.fn.jinplace.defaults.textOnly = false;

Some settings can only be set this way and not via attributes of the element you want to edit. These are listed in the remainder of this section.


This is the function that is called to submit the new data. The function is called with two arguments, first the jinplace options for the element and second the new value. It should return the new value as a string or a promise that resolves to a string.

This value will be used to replace the original element text. Inside the function, 'this' should be considered to be undefined (it will be window for a non-strict mode function).

// Minimum example that does nothing.
    submitFunction: function(opts, value) {
        return value;

If the function returns undefined, then the edit is cancelled and the element content returns to its original state.

You can also return a 'promise' from the function. This is useful if for example you want to make a different kind of ajax call than the default one. The promise should resolve to a string value.

// This is roughly what the default processing of submit does.
    submitFunction: function(opts, value) {
        return $.ajax(opts.url, {
                    type: "post",
                    data: {
                        item: opts.attribute, object: opts.object,
                        id: opts.elementId, value: value
                    dataType: 'text',


This is the function that is called when editing data is fetched from the remote server. It is called with a single argument which is the jinplace options for the element.

Note that you have to have a data-loadurl (or the loadurl setting) for this function to be called. So a dummy one must be supplied if you have no actual use for it.

The default function is roughly as follows.

$.fn.jinplace.defaults.loadFunction = function(opts) {
    return $.ajax(opts.loadurl, {
        data: {
            id: opts.elementId,
            object: opts.object
            attribute: opts.attribute,