Rating plugin for jQuery.
Minified size: 4.35KB (1.55KB when gzipped).
Tested on: IE6-10, Chrome 7-22, Firefox 3.6-16, Opera 10.63-12 - using jQuery 1.6.2 - 1.8.2. Touch support test on iPad iOS 4.2.1-5
Examples are included in the download, or go to the online examples.
Your feedback is more than welcome!
Why is RateIt different
Although it does the same job as the rest of the jQuery star rating plugins, the main difference is its simplicity. Most plugins create an element for each (partial) star, be it a div with a star background, or an img tag. Each of these tags gets a hover event, and a click event. And on these hover/click events it has to go and talk to the other stars, telling them to change their state.
So each star plugin does a lot of DOM alterations (adding the number of stars as elements), and adds lots of events (again the number of stars times 2).
RateIt uses basically three divs. One background (the inactive state), and two divs on top (the hover, and selected state). In addition it only attaches three event handlers (not counting the use of the reset button aside). Each of these divs has a x-repeating background, enabling as many stars as you want (or a big image with for example 5 different smilies one next to the other) without adding more elements or event handlers. Based on the position of the mouse, or the selected value, a certain width is applied to the selection div or the hover div.