Convert Anchor Links Into Select Options - AnchorToSelect

Convert Anchor Links Into Select Options - AnchorToSelect
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AnchorToSelect is a lightweight jQuery plugin that converts anchor links inside multiple containers into a dropdown select. The most common use case for this plugin is to generate a space-saving dropdown menu from navigation links for easier page navigation.

How to use it:

1. Assume that you have tons of anchor links distributed in multiple containers.

<nav class="container-1">
  <ul>
    <li>
      <a href="#blog">Blog</a>
    </li>
    <li>
      <a href="#contact">Contact</a>
    </li>
    <li>
      <a href="#about">About</a>
    </li>
  </ul>
</nav>

<div id="container-2">
  <a href="#terms">Terms</a>
  <div>
    <a href="#policy">Policy</a>
  </div>
</div>

2. Create a container element to place the generated select element.

<div id="generatedSelect">
  <!-- Generated <select> will go here -->
</div>

3. Include jQuery library and the jQuery AnchorToSelect plugin's script at the bottom of the page.

<script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="anchortoselect.js"></script>

4. Initialize the plugin and done.

$("#generatedSelect").anchorToSelect({
  container: ['.container-1', '.container-2']
});

5. This will convert the anchor links into a select element as this:

<select id="anchortoselect">
  <option selected="" disabled="">Select a page to visit</option>
  <option data-href="index.html#blog">Blog</option>
  <option data-href="index.html#contact">Contact</option>
  <option data-href="index.html#about">About</option>
  <option data-href="index.html#terms">Terms</option>
  <option data-href="index.html#policy">Policy</option>
</select>

6. Config the generated select element.

$("#generatedSelect").anchorToSelect({
  idName: 'anchortoselect',
  placeholder: 'Select a page to visit'
});

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by curtismorte. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.