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A webpage consists of text, complemented by images. The images are supposed to underline the text, not distract from it. Sometimes, though, it's great to be able to zoom in on an image and study the detail.

I've seen a couple of pages where all of the images are accessible in a slideshow. Great idea, but then the images are out of context – they are no longer related to the text – I've often had to scroll back to the text and re-read the details before scrolling back to the lightbox. Marathia's new stack Zoom is a great new solution. If you're interested in viewing the image in more detail, click on it and it will zoom to maximum size. The context is held because the page doesn't move underneath the image. When you click a second time – anywhere on the page – you are returned to your text and can continue reading exactly where you left off.

Drop Jeroen's Zoom onto your stacks page and all you'll see is an info box. To be honest, if you look at the settings panel, you won't see very much more.

First you'll find an option to activate Zoom when a specific keyword is included either within an image name, or within the image ALT tag. E.G. the image above is named 'Bergamo zoom'

In the stack's settings, I defined 'zoom' as the 'String in name' and set the Zoom option to 'Images with a name that contains…'
Now any image name that contains the word 'zoom' will be magnified, when you click on it.

The only other stack settings are Overlay Colour and Overlay Opacity – the weavercraft really couldn't be any simpler.

The zoom effect is accompanied by a subtle animation. The page is overlaid with a colour of your choice and when you click, or try to scroll the zoomed image, you are immediately returned to the exact same position on your page where you left off reading.

Regardless of how many images you have on your page, only one instance of the Zoom stack is required per page. Jeroen warns on the Zoom product page that multiple instances may disrupt the page layout.

Zoom relies on Javascript, so if your visitor has Javascript disabled, he/she won't see the zoom effect. I immediately went looking for the script and spent a while trying to get it to work on a test page. I failed, which is why Jeroen has apparently been working on this stack for quite some while.

I feel quite sure that Zoom will turn out to be a very popular stack.

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