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I have some jquery ui tabs on my page.  I want to use the cookie option to keep track of the tab a user was last on.  I can successfully set the cookie but can't figure out how to use that cookie to select a tab.

Here is what I have so far....  Do I have the getter and setter javascript in the correct spot?

 
<script type="text/javascript">

$(document).ready(function() {

    $("#tabs").tabs({

        cookie: {

            name: 'tab_cookie',

            expires: 30

        }

    });

//getter

var cookie = $( "#tabs" ).tabs( "option", "cookie" );

//setter

$( "#tabs" ).tabs( "option", "cookie", { expires: 30 } );

});

</script>





<!--- TABS --->

<div id="tabs">

			<ul>

				<li><a href="#tabs-1">TAB 1</a></li>

				<li><a href="#tabs-2">TAB 2</a></li>			

			</ul>

							

			<div id="tabs-1">tabs 1 content</div>

			<div id="tabs-2">tab 2 content</div>			  

				

</div>

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Question by:MFredin
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by:MFredin
ID: 34129680
Forgot to mention... documentation is here:  http://jqueryui.com/demos/tabs/#option-cookie
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by:Rob Jurd, EE MVE
ID: 34133041
I'm just looking through the documentation and it should automatically set and get the cookie without you having to do it manually

in other words remove:

//getter
var cookie = $( "#tabs" ).tabs( "option", "cookie" );
//setter
$( "#tabs" ).tabs( "option", "cookie", { expires: 30 } );
});

The other thing is it is not in the document.ready function but is executed as part of the general code so if it still doesn't work after removing your setter and getter then replace the document.ready with:

      <script>
            $(function() {
                  $( "#tabs" ).tabs({
                        cookie: {
                              // store cookie for a day, without, it would be a session cookie
                              expires: 1
                        }
                  });
            });
      </script>
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by:MFredin
ID: 34234414
I don't think it does... I tried it both ways and no go.
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Rob Jurd, EE MVE earned 250 total points
ID: 34504067
Here is a working version, I think you were just missing the cookie plugin? http://plugins.jquery.com/project/Cookie

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<title></title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />

<link rel="stylesheet" href="jquery-ui.css" type="text/css" media="all">
<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.4/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.8.7/jquery-ui.min.js"></script>
<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="jquery.cookie.js"></script>


</head>

<body>
<script type="text/javascript">
	$(function() {
		$("#tabs").tabs({
			cookie: {
				name: 'tab_cookie',
				expires: 30
			}
		});
		//getter
		//var cookie = $("#tabs").tabs("option", "cookie");
		//setter
		//$("#tabs").tabs("option", "cookie", {expires: 30});
	});
</script>
<!--- TABS --->
<div id="tabs">
   <ul>
      <li><a href="#tabs-1">Nunc tincidunt</a></li>
      <li><a href="#tabs-2">Proin dolor</a></li>
      <li><a href="#tabs-3">Aenean lacinia</a></li>
   </ul>
   <div id="tabs-1">
      <p>Tab 1 content</p>
   </div>
   <div id="tabs-2">
      <p>Tab 2 content</p>
   </div>
   <div id="tabs-3">
      <p>Tab 3 content</p>
   </div>
</div>

</body>
</html>

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by:Rob Jurd, EE MVE
ID: 34504094
You also don't need the getter and setter function if all you want to do is remember the tab.  that's more if you want to use the value of the cookie for other reasons eg store in a database
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by:MFredin
ID: 34510845
Here is what I have for code.  When I load the page, the cookie is being set to '1', but it's not being updated when I change tabs.  Any ideas?
<script>

	$(function() {

		$( "#tabs" ).tabs({

			ajaxOptions: {

				error: function( xhr, status, index, anchor ) {

					$( anchor.hash ).html("Couldn't load this tab. We'll try to fix this as soon as possible. ");

				}

			}

		});

	

		$("#tabs").tabs().addClass('ui-tabs-vertical ui-helper-clearfix');

		$("#tabs li").removeClass('ui-corner-top').addClass('ui-corner-left');

		$("#tabs").tabs({

			cookie: {

				name: 'tab_cookie',

				expires: 30

			}

		});

		//getter

		//var cookie = $("#tabs").tabs("option", "cookie");

		//setter

		//$("#tabs").tabs("option", "cookie", {expires: 30})

	});

	</script> 

	

<div id="tabs"> 

	<ul> 

		<li><a href="MyPosts/index.cfm">My Posts</a></li>

		<li><a href="Overview/index.cfm">Overview</a></li>

		<li><a href="MyRatings/index.cfm">My Ratings</a></li>

		<li><a href="MyProfile/index.cfm">My Profile</a></li>

		<li><a href="MyAccount/index.cfm">My Account</a></li>

		<li><a href="WebsiteSettings/index.cfm">Website Settings</a></li>

	</ul> 

</div>

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by:MFredin
ID: 34511055
Got it... just needed to tweak the js to this:
$(function() {

        $("#tabs").tabs({

            ajaxOptions: {

                error: function(xhr, status, index, anchor) {

                    $(anchor.hash).html("Cannot load this tab at this time.");

                }

            },

            cookie: {name:'mytabcookiename',

                // store cookie for set time, without, it would be a session cookie

                expires: 30

            }

        });

		//getter

		//var cookie = $("#tabs").tabs("option", "cookie");

		//setter

		//$("#tabs").tabs("option", "cookie", {expires: 30})

    });

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by:mbertuol
ID: 34715657
How do I set no expiration? I wan the cookie to be clear when whe user closes the browser.
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by:Rob Jurd, EE MVE
ID: 34717176
In future you should open a new question to answer this but the answer is in the header of the js file:

 * @option Number|Date expires Either an integer specifying the expiration date from now on in days or a Date object.
 *                             If a negative value is specified (e.g. a date in the past), the cookie will be deleted.
 *                             If set to null or omitted, the cookie will be a session cookie and will not be retained
 *                             when the the browser exits.
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