37+ Great Ajax, CSS Tab-Based Interfaces

Over the last few years web-developers have developed many AJAX and CSS Tab-based interfaces which became one of the most interesting techniques giving us an easy way to get information without the need to open and close multiple windows at the same time.

We’ve spent hours searching for the best Tab-based interfaces using CSS only, CSS/Ajax and tutorials which would help you create your own Ajax or CSS Tab-based interfaces.

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We’d like to present the results of our search:

The Autochanging Tabs

1) Easy Tabs 1.2 with autochange

You can now set the autochange mode to one of your tab menus.

Jotform Autochanging Easy Tabs

2) Rotating jQuery tabs

Jotform Slideshow Tab Content Script

3) Slideshow Tab Content Script-“

Supports “slideshow” mode, in which script automatically cycles through and selects each tab periodically until a tab is explicitly selected.

Slideshow Tab Content Script

Sliding Tabs

4) Sliding Tabs

Sliding Tabs is a mootools plugin which adds a pretty neat effect. It’s a clone of something seen on Panic Software’s Coda site, which in turn is very heavily inspired by a widget used in the iTunes Music Store.

Sliding Tabs

5) Coda-Slider

Amazing jQuery Coda-Slider can be used for Nice, slick content presentation.

Coda-Slider

6) Perspective tabs

Formerly Sliding Tabs uses mootools that allows for a large number of tabs to fit into a small space.

Sliding Tabs

Ajax Tab Content

7) Ajax Tabs Content Script

This is a versatile Ajax Tabs Content script that lets you display content pulled from external files inside a DIV and organized via CSS tabs.

Ajax Tabs Content Script

Closeable Tabs

8) Tab Panes

Two Versions with close and add panes.

Tab panes

9) Closeable Tabs Module

The Closeable Tab widget allows tabs to be removed.

Closeable Tab

Must see Examples

10) Fabtabulous

Simple tabs using Prototype

Fabtabulous

11) JQuery TabContainer Theme

JQuery style fade animation that runs as the user navigates between selected tabs

JQuery TabContainer Theme

13) MooTabs

MooTabs is a tiny(3kb) class for MooTools. As the name suggests, its main purpose is to help out with the creation of simple tab navigation.

MooTabs

14) TabView component

The TabView component is designed to enable developers to create navigable tabbed views of content.

TabView component

15) Fancy Sliding Tab Menu

This cool menu is developed in script.aculo.us

Fancy Sliding Tab Menu

16) Control.Tabs

Unobtrusive CSS tabs for Prototype.js

17) Zapatec Ajax Tabs

This demo uses the Zapatec AJAX Transport layer to transfer the tab contents dynamically.

Zapatec Ajax Tabs

Ajax Tab Generators

18) 15daysofjquery- jQuery Tabs

A simple form that you can use to generate the markup for the tabs.

15daysofjquery jQuery Tabs

Advanced Tab Techniques

19) Advanced Tabs

This TabPanel is built entirely with javascript and demonstrates: Auto tab resizing, Tab scrolling, Tabs with icons, Tab plugins (context menu), Adding tabs with JS.

Advanced Tabs

20) Floating window with tabs

This script is based on simple ordinary div tags. This makes it very easy to set up. Put in your HTML content and call a javascript function to initialize the window.

Floating window with tabs

21) AJAX Tabs (Rails redux)

The Concept here is using Ajax to load information that does not need to be retrieved every time the user pulls the record.

AJAX Tabs Rails redux

22) Ajax Tabs Reloaded

User can add or remove tabs (and content) without refreshing the page.

Ajax Tabs Reloaded

23) JQuery Nested Tab

JQuery Nested Tab

CSS Only Tabs

24) Cross browser tabbed pages with embeded links

NO javascript – just CSS – and it validates. Just hover over the tabs to display a page of text with a picture and embedded links. A working scroll bar is added for each page as required.

Cross browser tabbed pages with embeded links

25) CSS Tabs

The goal was to build CSS tabs without using any images or hacks and with as little CSS as possible.

CSS Tabs

26) CSS-driven tabs

CSS driven tabs

27) CSS-driven tabs

28) CSS Tabs

Based on Joshua Kaufman’s version

CSS Tabs

29) Hidden Tab menu

A simple hidden tab menu that opens when the tab is hovered.

Hidden Tab menu

30) Inverted Sliding Doors tabs

Inverted tabs means that they are bottom-aligned, and as text size is increased, more and more of the tabs is revealed from the top down, instead of from the bottom up as in the original Sliding Doors technique.

Inverted Sliding Doors tabs

31) Updated Simple CSS Tabs

CSS Tabs with nested menu.

Updated Simple CSS Tabs

32) CSS Tabs with Submenus

This is a way of accomplishing tabs and subnavigation using only CSS and nested unordered lists.

CSS Tabs with Submenus

33) Simplified CSS Tabs

Simplified CSS Tabs

34) Tabs

Using CSS to build a tabbed display. One where the user can click on individual tabs to view different content within the same space.

Tabs

Ajax Tab Tutorials

35) Dynamic Ajax Tabs in 20 Lines

Dynamic Ajax Tabs in only 17 lines of code thanks to the Prototype Javascript framework.

Dynamic Ajax Tabs in 20 Lines

36) Building Tabbed Content

This workshop we will be building a tabbed content browser that’s Ajax powered. When ever a user clicks a tab the Ajax will communicate with the server and send back the appropriate data for that tab.

Building Tabbed Content

37) CSS Tabs

A great tutorial to teach us how to create a css tabs.

CSS Tabs
This article is originally published on Feb 21, 2008, and updated on Jan 24, 2023.

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