A lightbox (after the English word for light table ) is a special form , especially in web design , for presenting photos , other images, videos and other multimedia content . If the user clicks on a preview image, the page is darkened and the large-format image is displayed floating above it. Often it is also possible to scroll between the images on a page.
The first lightbox was programmed by Lokesh Dhakar, who shortly thereafter published the script under a free Creative Commons license . The script quickly became popular and followed suit.
Often the preview process is already in the HTML source code with the large-format image link , the Lightbox then provides a progressive improvement . For the accessibility more demands on Lightbox scripts are provided, the many aspects of the charging behavior of images to use on mobile devices affect .
The lightbox has become an established form of image presentation on the Internet. In addition to the presentation of images, the lightbox is also used for texts and videos. The lightbox is a user-friendly and efficient alternative to conventional pop-ups .
An alternative form of presenting images is the carousel .
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