Collapse-O-Matic Numbers as ID Issue

This is a quick post to test the issue when using numbers as IDs as brought up in this thread:

To recreate this we will use two collapse elements with the ID’s of 1,2,3, 11, 12 and 13.

Trigger One
Content for ID one

Trigger Two
Content for ID two

Trigger Three
Content for ID three

Trigger Eleven
Content for ID eleven

Trigger Twelve
Content for ID twelve

Trigger Thirteen
Content for ID thirteen

The issue is the toggle selectors where using the following jQuery selector:


As of collapse-o-matic version 1.7.9 the selector is a more exact:


T(-) Countdown Omitweeks Width Issue

This post investigates issues with the width of a countdown that has the weeks omitted. Since the width should auto-adjust based on the displayed time units.


We’ll start with the c-3po style based on this issue on the WordPress Forums.

[[tminus t="2018-04-11" omitweeks="true" style="c-3po"/]]

[tminus t=”+50 days” omitweeks=”true” style=”c-3po”/]
[tminus t=”+110 days” omitweeks=”true” style=”c-3po”/]
[tminus t=”+110 days” style=”c-3po”/]

[[tminus t="2018-04-11" omitweeks="true" style="c-3po-mini" minutes="mins." seconds="secs."/]]

[tminus t=”+55 days” omitweeks=”true” style=”c-3po-mini” minutes=”mins.” seconds=”secs.”/]
[tminus t=”+113 days” omitweeks=”true” style=”c-3po-mini” minutes=”mins.” seconds=”secs.”/]
[tminus t=”+113 days” style=”c-3po-mini” minutes=”mins.” seconds=”secs.”/]


[[tminus t="2018-04-11" omitweeks="true" style="sith"/]]

[tminus t=”+50 days” omitweeks=”true” style=”sith”/]
[tminus t=”+110 days” omitweeks=”true” style=”sith”/]
[tminus t=”+110 days” style=”sith”/]


[[tminus t="2018-04-11" omitweeks="true" style="carbonlite"/]]

[tminus t=”+50 days” omitweeks=”true” style=”carbonlite”/]
[tminus t=”+110 days” omitweeks=”true” style=”carbonlite”/]
[tminus t=”+110 days” style=”carbonlite”/]


[[tminus t="2018-04-11" omitweeks="true" style="cloud-city"/]]

[tminus t=”+50 days” omitweeks=”true” style=”cloud-city”/]
[tminus t=”+110 days” omitweeks=”true” style=”cloud-city”/]
[tminus t=”+110 days” style=”cloud-city”/]


[[tminus t="2018-04-11" omitweeks="true"/]]

[tminus t=”+50 days” omitweeks=”true”/]
[tminus t=”+110 days” omitweeks=”true”/]
[tminus t=”+110 days”/]


[[tminus t="2018-04-11" style="circle" omitweeks="true"/]]

[tminus t=”+50 days” style=”circle” omitweeks=”true”/]

Collapse Pro Matic – Scroll Target

Scroll to here on close

The above will be used as our ‘scroll target’ and was created using the following:

<h2 id="scroll2me">Scroll to here on close</h2>

The scrolltarget attribute allows any external element to be used as the location to scroll to for scroll-on-close triggers. The scrolltarget attribute accepts any jQuery selector by ID (#id_name), class (.class_name), or element tag (article).

For example:
scrolltarget="#my_id" would target a unique element that has an ID of my_id.

[expand title="R2D2 Wiki" ID="r2d2wiki" scrolltarget="#scroll2me"]
<span class="collapseomatic colomat-close scroll-to-trigger" id="bot-r2d2wiki">click here to close & scroll to target</span>

R2D2 Wiki
R2-D2 (phonetically spelled Artoo-Detoo, and called “R2” or “Artoo” for short) is a robot character in the Star Wars universe. An astromech droid (referred to in the novel as a ‘thermocapsulary dehousing assister’), R2-D2 is a major character in all six Star Wars films. Along with his protocol droid companion C-3PO, he joins or supports Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in various points in the saga. R2-D2 was played by Kenny Baker. Along with Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader), Obi-Wan Kenobi, and C-3PO, he is one of only four characters to appear in all six Star Wars films.
R2-D2 was designed by John Stears and Tony Dyson specially created by Australian firm Petric Engineering and English firm C&L Developments. Many scenes also made use of radio controlled and CGI versions of the character. Both the original props of R2-D2 and C-3PO used in filming are used as audio-animatronics in the queue area of Disneyland’s Star Tours ride.


George Lucas’s creation of R2-D2 was influenced by Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 feature film The Hidden Fortress (USA release 1962), particularly Tahei and Matakishi, the two comic relief characters that serve as sidekicks to General Makabe. Lucas also drew inspiration from the robots Huey, Dewey, and Louie from Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 film Silent Running.
The name is said to derive from when Lucas was making one of his earlier films, American Graffiti. Sound editor Walter Murch states that he is responsible for the utterance which sparked the name for the droid. Murch asked for Reel 2, Dialog Track 2, in the abbreviated form “R-2-D-2”. Lucas, who was in the room and had dozed off while working on the script for Star Wars, momentarily woke when he heard the request and, after asking for clarification, stated that it was a “great name” before falling immediately back to sleep.[1]
R2-D2 stands for Second Generation Robotic Droid Series-2, according to a Star Wars encyclopedia published after the release of the film Star Wars: A New Hope.

Original trilogy

In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, both R2-D2 and C-3PO are introduced on board the Tantive IV, along with Princess Leia of Alderaan, when they are fired upon by an Imperial Star Destroyer. Leia jams inside an opening in R2-D2 an information disc containing the plans for the Death Star battle station, along with encoding a distress message on the droid’s holographic projector. The droids then escape in a pod that crashes on Tatooine near Kenobi’s desert abode.
R2-D2 and C-3PO are then abducted by Jawas and bought by Owen Lars, step-uncle of Luke Skywalker. While Luke cleans the sand out of R2-D2’s gears, he discovers a fragment of Leia’s message, and removes the droid’s restraining bolt to see more; once free of the bolt, R2 claims to have no knowledge of the message. That night, R2 leaves the farm to seek out Obi-Wan Kenobi. Soon, by way of fate, Luke is forced to leave Tatooine with Obi-Wan, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, and they attempt to deliver R2-D2 to the Rebel Alliance. Along the way, they are pulled in by the Death Star’s tractor beam, but eventually rescue Princess Leia and escape. R2-D2 delivers the plans to the Rebel Alliance, and becomes Luke’s astromech droid during the attack on the station. R2 is severely damaged during the battle, but is restored before the ceremony at the end of the film.
In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, R2-D2 accompanies Luke to Dagobah, and later to Cloud City, where he helps to rescue and repair a heavily damaged C-3PO and to override city security computers. He also manages to fix the Millennium Falcon’s hyperdrive, resulting in a last-minute escape from Imperial forces.
In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, R2-D2 plays a critical role in the rescue of Han, Luke and Leia from Jabba the Hutt, and later joins the Rebel strike team on Endor. He is badly damaged during the fight between the Imperial troops and the Rebels, but is repaired in time for the celebration marking the second Death Star’s destruction.
R2-D2 is male, as far as by state of androids. In A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi states in gender specific, “Plug-in, he should be able to interpret the entire Imperial network.”
Source: Wikipedia
click here to close & scroll to trigger

Collapse-O-Matic Nested SwapTitles

[expand title="Fiction" rel="fiction" swaptitle="Is like non-non-fiction"]
[expandsub1 title="Star Wars" rel="submenu-highlander" swaptitle="Hyperspeed" expanded="true"]Target Content[/expandsub1]
[expandsub1 title="Star Trek" rel="submenu-highlander" swaptitle="Warpspeed"]Target Content[/expandsub1]


Star Wars
Target Content

Star Trek
Target Content

Collapse-O-Matic Grey Bar Style

Here is an example of how to pimp the collapse-o-matic expand to use a grey bar style using CSS.
Be sure you are using the div ad your default tag in the plugin settings.

The CSS:

.greybar {
   border: 1px dotted #aaaaaa;
   padding: 7px;
   background-position: 98% center;
   background-color: #cccccc;

The Code:

[expand trigclass="arrowright greybar" title="Monkeys Are Fast"]...[/expand]

Monkeys Are Fast

To give the target content a border, use the targclass attribute:

The CSS:

.blueborder {
   border: 1px dotted blue;
   border-top: none;
   margin-left: 0;
  padding: 5px;

The Code:

[expand trigclass="arrowright greybar" targclass="blueborder" title="Monkeys Are Fast"]...[/expand]

Monkeys Are Fast
To add a graphic to the background, simply create a new class and add the appropriate css:

.de_flag {
    background-image: url(;
    background-size: 64px 16px;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    background-position: -10px center;
    padding: 7px 7px 7px 42px;

then add the new class to the trigclass attribute:

[expand trigclass="arrowright greybar de_flag" title="Deutschland"]...[/expand]


Tidal Chart for Leith

How to caculate a countdown to the next high and low tide.

First, there is a nice plugin called Tides Today UK and Ireland tide times that allows tidal charts to be displayed using a Sidebar Widget or a shortcode. For example:

[[tide_times days=1 title="Tide times for Leith" location="leith"]These are today's tides for Leith[/tide_times]]

That outputs a tidy forecast like so:

[tide_times days=1 title=”Tide times for Leith” location=”leith”]These are today’s tides for Leith[/tide_times]

The shortcode references the authors own web-service api that returns a JSON encoded dataset. Here is the dataset for Leith. However, the plugin author clearly (if not threateningly) states:

You may not use the data provided by the API for anything other than displaying tide information on your website by the
means provided by this plugin.

…Failure to comply with any of the conditions outlined here or as outlined in the Tides Today Terms and conditions will result in legal action being taken.

In the words of Al Swearengen:

Not a tone to get a deal done.

Even though the datasource provide is from the UK Hydrographic Office:

All data is provided by the UK Hydrographic Office and is provided under license. Crown Copyright 2016.

So we might need to find our own, tax-funded, public, non-threatening api to get our tidal info from, for example:
even better:

The NOAA api looks quite promising… but it’s only for North America. So we move on to Worworldtides api which provides 1000 free calls per month. So far that is a winner. Now let’s take a look at The National Tidal and Sea Level Facility. It seems it only serves the UK and Ireland. Here is Leith.


Holy Island