Maintainable Social Script Integration

Published on December 19, 2014 (↻ February 5, 2024), filed under (RSS feed).

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In my book a website embeds all those third-party share and like and +1 scripts, whether from Facebook or from Twitter or from Google (or from AddThis) like this:

<div id=social></div>

That’s it *. The reason for this brevity is maintainability. Instead of contaminating tens or hundreds or thousands of files, template or not, WETting them with different scripts and their configuration code and such, we want to just add what is structurally needed. One container. To be populated and managed through one script.

Lacking alternatives, I’ve built such a script and now added it to GitHub. “Social Widget Wrapper” I’ve called it. (This can be renamed later.) It’s actually three scripts at the moment, for I’ve worked on three different approaches. (This should be consolidated.) And as it’s getting a bit more complicated from here, I suggest you check out the project page and, if you like, help me make all of it easier and better. I’m a terrible scripter †.

Oh. In other words, I’ve open-sourced a functioning but scrappy script, or three of those, that shield markup from social widgets or their scripts or so, and now throw it all at everyone around.

* …assuming an already existing site default script that takes care of the magic; otherwise we need to add another line for a script. Container and ID may be changed, sure (if appropriate).

† …which may affect the Google Photo Fetcher script, too.

Toot about this?

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for companies like Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly and Frontend Dogma. I love trying things, not only in web development, but also in other areas like philosophy. Here on I share some of my views and experiences.

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