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Shadowbox is a flexible media viewer that supports all of the web's most popular
is highly customizable. Using Shadowbox, website authors can display a wide
assortment of media in all major browsers without navigating users away from the
For more information, please see http://shadowbox-js.com/.
Installation and Usage
For detailed installation and usage instructions, please see the usage page at
How to Build
IMPORTANT: The following instructions are for those who would like to create a custom build
of Shadowbox on their own machines. Most users will not want to do this and instead should
simply download, install, and use Shadowbox as described on the Shadowbox website at
In order to build Shadowbox on your own machine you must have the Ruby programming
language (http://ruby-lang.org/) installed as well as the Rake build tool
(http://rake.rubyforge.org/). Simply edit the parameters in `build.yml` to your liking
and run the following command from the project root directory:
Note: If you want to build a compressed version of the code (which is the default), you
will also need Java installed. You can always use the web interface on the Shadowbox website
(http://shadowbox-js.com/download.html) to build your own version of the code if you are
unable to do it on your own.
How to Run Tests and Examples
The Shadowbox test suite is written with QUnit (http://github.com/jquery/qunit). To run the
tests, you first need to build the code using the `build:tests` Rake task.
$ rake build:tests
Once you have built the code, open `tests/index.html` in your browser of choice. Likewise,
to run any of the examples you first need to run the `build:examples` Rake task before
opening the example HTML file in your browser.
$ rake build:examples
How to Contribute
If you would like to contribute to the project please email me your contribution/patch
at email@example.com. I'm more than happy to accomodate fixes and modifications that
make Shadowbox a better product.
Please report any bugs that you may find at http://github.com/mjijackson/shadowbox/issues.
The Shadowbox license is available online at http://shadowbox-js.com/LICENSE.
Shadowbox employs several open source libraries including Sizzle.js (http://sizzlejs.com/)
and swfobject (http://code.google.com/p/swfobject/).
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