HTML: modal windows

There are various scripts for displaying a modal window. You can use a modal window without the disadvantage of users navigating away from the actual page.

Shadowbox supports all of the web’s most popular media publishing formats. Shadowbox is written entirely in JavaScript and CSS and is highly customizable. Shadowbox is licensed under the terms of the Shadowbox.js License. This license grants personal, non-commercial users the right to use Shadowbox without paying a fee. Commercial licenses are available for developers that would like to use Shadowbox for a commercial purpose.

LightWindow is a free media viewer that supports every media type and renders it appropriatly. You can create your own theme including markup/css/animations.

Lightbox is a free simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers. At this moment it only supports images.

Slimbox (MooTools) and Slimbox 2 (jQuery) are both 4 KB visual clones of the popular Lightbox script. Using the compact MooTools and jQuery javascript frameworks. It was designed to be very small, efficient, standards-friendly, fully customizable, more convenient and 100% compatible with the original Lightbox 2.

ThickBox is a free webpage UI dialog widget written in JavaScript on top of the jQuery library. Its function is to show a single image, multiple images, inline content, iframed content, or content served through AJAX in a hybrid modal.

FancyBox is tool for displaying images, html content and multi-media in a Mac-style “lightbox” that floats overtop of web page. It was built using the jQuery library.

Highslide JS is an open source image, media and gallery viewer written in JavaScript. Free for non-commercial use.

TopUp is an easy to use Javascript library for unobtrusively displaying images and webpages in a Web 2.0 approach of popups.

On this blog you can find a nice comparisment between a lot of lightbox clones

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