To demonstrate this technique, I have included animated countdowns in a SharePoint list:
The list displays two countdowns, one based on Flash (from clocklink.com) and the other using the jQuery countdown plugin by Keith Wood.
The Flash countdown uses an HTML calculated column that contains an “embed” tag (the HTML can be found on the clocklink site). The jQuery countdown is a also a calculated column, which calls the jQuery countdown function.
Now, take a closer look at the demo: do you see a difference between the values displayed by the two countdowns? Can you explain why? Here is a clue: if you live in New-York, you should see the same time on both countdowns.
As usual feel free to use the comments section to ask for more details!
“jQuery animations in SharePoint” is a live, online workshop scheduled on November 17th at 1pm EST. We’ll talk about date and time in SharePoint, and each participant will receive a sandbox and step by step instructions to set up countdowns. The other animations featured in the workshop are scrolling news and image rotator, also based on jQuery plugins. For details and to register, click here.