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|Description=LicenseChooser.js provides a lightweight method for integrating license selection into web applications.
|Bug tracker=http://code.creativecommons.org/issues/
|Code repository=http://code.creativecommons.org/viewsvn/jswidget/
|Mailing list=http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/cc-devel
Creative Commons currently provides two methods for integrating license selection into applications: the [[Partner Interface]] and the [[Creative Commons Web Services|web service API]].  The CC Javascript Widget (LicenseChooser.js) provides an additional, lightweight method for integrating license selection into web applications.  The widget is used by TypePad, as well as [[WpLicense]].
'''LicenseChooser.js is nearly ready!  Please try the [http://code.creativecommons.org/viewsvn/jswidget/tags/0.97/ 0.97 preview].'''
== Users ==
* [[WpLicense]] uses LicenseChooser.js to provide a license selector for WordPress
* TypePad provides [http://everything.typepad.com/cc/ a widget] for adding a license to hosted blogs.
== Sample Usage ==
You can read the source of these examples; they demonstrate some (but not all) of the combinations for advanced usage described below.
* [http://labs.creativecommons.org/jswidget/tags/0.97/example_web_app/definitely-want-license.html CC License selector only]
* [http://labs.creativecommons.org/jswidget/tags/0.97/example_web_app/definitely-want-openness.html Selector without the choice of "No license"]
* [http://labs.creativecommons.org/jswidget/tags/0.97/example_web_app/ Basic usage (all options visible)]
* [http://labs.creativecommons.org/jswidget/tags/0.97/example_web_app/inside_form.html Basic usage from inside another form tag]
* [http://labs.creativecommons.org/jswidget/tags/0.97/example_web_app/default-is-no-license.html Selector where "no license" is the starting point]
* [http://labs.creativecommons.org/jswidget/tags/0.97/example_web_app/without-jurisdiction.html Selector without a jurisdiction choice]
* [http://labs.creativecommons.org/jswidget/tags/0.97/example_web_app/with-seed.html Selector with a specific license used as a starting point]
* [http://labs.creativecommons.org/jswidget/tags/0.97/example_web_app/with-seed-without-jurisdiction.html Selector with a specific license as a starting point with no jurisdiction selector, always using the "seeded" jurisdiction]
* [http://labs.creativecommons.org/jswidget/tags/0.97/example_web_app/with-seed-old-version.html Selector where an old license version was given as the seed]
* [http://labs.creativecommons.org/jswidget/tags/0.97/example_web_app/language-detect.html Selector that relies on Apache Content Negotiation for translations]
== Availability ==
You can play with a 0.97 pre-release right now!
* 2009-04-29: [http://mirrors.creativecommons.org/software/licensechooser-js/licensechooser-js-0.97.tar.gz Released 0.97].  '''This is the latest preview that is very close to 1.0.'''  This release allows you to embed LicenseChooser.js inside a form tag. Thanks to John Horigan for reporting this issue and providing a patch (which we merged with some changes).
* 2009-03-16: [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=80503&package_id=239510 Released 0.96]. The help text for "Share alike" was wrong, mistakenly giving you the non-commercial help text. Fixed! This is an important update.
* 2008-09-23: [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=80503&package_id=239510 Released 0.95].  An anonymous bug reporter indicated that we overwrite the first JavaScript file found, even if it is not LicenseChooser.js. Fixed!  This is an important update.
* 2008-08-27: [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=80503&package_id=239510 Released 0.94].  Stylistic issue found: image not always properly aligned with text in pop-up describing e.g. Share-Alike.  We no longer user document.write() (yuck) to insert the HTML of the widget into the document; we now modify the innerHTML of a div we create ourselves.  We may further harden the JS against namespace collisions with [http://kentbrewster.com/badges Kent Brewster's badges] strategy.
* 2007-10-10: [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=80503&package_id=239510 Released 0.92]. Stylistic updates: Alex has gone to town on the chooser and styled it.  It only shows jurisdictions that have launched. There are no known pending technical or visual issues.
* 2007-08-23: [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=80503&package_id=239510 Released 0.91]. The license selector allows one to remove the jurisdiction selector.  There is a "No license" choice.  Translation is done using JavaScript and not hidden DOM elements.  Application developers have more control over the defaults, including "no license" being choosable as the default.
* 2007-08-09: [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=80503&package_id=239510 Released 0.9].  We've changed the plan to add some features before 1.0 based on talking with potential users. All DOM elements are '''really''' prefixed with cc_js_ this time, and all strings '''really''' are available for translation this time.  Documentation is updated for the 0.9 release, including a way to have the application developer specify only a single jurisdiction for the license.  JSON output is validated before being sent to a web browser.  Removed dependency on prototype.js.  Server code changes to improve performance.  Massive reduction of unused JS and CSS (this process began with 0.4).
* 2007-08-06: [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=80503&package_id=239510 Released 0.4]. All DOM elements are prefixed with cc_js_.  The widget works in Opera and Safari and works with degraded functionality in Konqueror.
* 2007-08-01: [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=80503&package_id=239510 Released 0.3].  This release introduces Internet Explorer compatibility, Apache Content Negotiation to handle user language selection even if the server doesn't provide it for us, a hopefully-stable API for selecting a license, and license seeding.
* 2007-07-25: [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=80503&package_id=239510 Released 0.2].  The UI now doesn't ask or contain spurious questions, plus translation is halfway there.
* 2007-07-19: [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=80503&package_id=239510 Released 0.1].  Don't try to use this in production, but DO let us know how it fits into your systems and what you would want us to change.
== Extra features ==
=== "Seeding" ===
* If the user has already selected a license through some other means, and you want to "seed" the JavaScript widget with the choices the user has already made, just create a hidden form field whose ID is cc_js_seed_uri with the URI of the license you want to start with.
** NOTE that whatever license version you provide, we always upgrade it to the most recent version the jurisdiction offers.  We do display a '''Message''' underneath the license icon saying we did this.
=== Forcing a particular jurisdiction ===
To force the user to choose a license in a particular jurisdiction:
* First, use the "seeding" feature to seed the Attribution ("by") license in your jurisdiction
* Then, disable jurisdiction selection
=== Disabling jurisdiction selection ===
If you want to not offer the user a choice of jurisdictions:
* just append ?show_jurisdiction_chooser=n to the complete.js call.
=== Setting the license chooser to no license by default ===
If you want to set the license chooser to no license by default:
* just append ?default_option=no-license
=== Removing the "No license" option ===
If you want to not offer the user the option of selecting "no license:
* just append ?show_no-license_option=n to the query string
=== Language selection ===
* You can append ?locale=XX to your call to complete.js to choose a language.  The example distributed as index.html in the distribution package sets the language to US English this way.
* If omitted, Apache Content Negotiation will select the most appropriate language based on the user's preferences, defaulting to US English.
=== Extracting results ===
All of these result extraction systems are demonstrated in the examples.
* There are two hidden form fields called '''cc_js_result_uri''' and '''cc_js_result_name''' that respectively store the URI and name of the license selected by the user.  Just do <code>document.getElementById("cc_js_result_uri").value</code> (or "cc_js_result_name" instead) and you'll have the license information.
* There is an extra hidden form field containing the link to the image used.  Simply get the element whose ID is '''cc_js_result_img''' and you will have a URL that is a permanent image.  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inline_linking Hotlink]ing these images is allowed and encouraged.
=== Styling ===
* Jswidget uses javascript magic to pull in a stylesheet, whether you want it to or not.  Luckily, it puts the stylesheet at the very top of the header, so that you can easily override styles by including your own style sheet.  We encourage you to write your own style sheet that builds on the one we've provided and personalized the look and feel of the widget to match your web app.
=== Namespacing ===
* All LicenseChooser.js HTML elements that have IDs or classes start with "cc_js_" to avoid namespace collisions.
* Similarly, all LicenseChooser.js JavaScript functions start with cc_js_.  This is '''not''' true for the bundled Prototype.js library.
=== Full List of Query String Variables ===
* show_jurisdiction_chooser=(y/n)
**show/hide jurisdiction chooser
* show_cc0_option=(y/n);
**show/hide "CC0" option
* show_cc-license_option=(y/n);
**show/hide "CC license" option
* show_no-license_option=(y/n);
**show/hide "No license" option
**choose which option is present to the user first
*locale=(locale, ie 'en_US')
**choose language
You can specify as many of these options as you like by simply putting an '&' between them.
==== Examples: ====
**Selector defaults to CC license chooser, is in US English, does not include a jurisdiction chooser, and does not include a "No license" option
**Selector in US English which defaults to the "No license" option and doesn't include the cc0 option
==== Defaults ====
Currently, by default everything is displayed, and the CC license chooser is the default option.  Thus, this query will return the exact same widget as the empty "complete.js"
(note that in this case, Apache content negotiation will be used to determine which language to use)
You might consider passing query string variables that assert settings that would be true due to default behavior anyway--this ensures that on the off chance that default behavior changes, your widget's behavior does not.
== Goals ==
The following list of general goals to remind us what we want out of LicenseChooser.js.  You can expect most of it for 1.0.
See [[JsWidget/Plan]] to see what features are planned for what versions.
* Generate HTML suitable for use in a form which presents the basic license selector
* Provide compatibility with all [http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/articles/gbs/ A-grade browsers]
* Provide up to date license information by
** Utilizing licenses.xml to generate the appropriate Javascript on the server side.  This may be done using a dynamic language such as PHP or through pre-processing to a static file when licenses are updated.
* Support new, expanded metadata including attributionName, attributionUrl and morePermissions.
* Provide a robust, scalable serving solution (if any server-side processing is needed) in order to support CC-hosted Javascript resources for the general public
== Version expectations ==
=== Zero point something (like 0.4) ===
There are no guarantees, but we'd like to keep to the same promises as a 1.0 release
=== Something point zero (like 1.0) ===
We guarantee (outside of really urgent situation where we exercise a judgement call) that these will '''not''' change:
* The programmatic interface for the widget will not change
* The user interface for selecting licenses will not change
The following are the only things that '''may'' change:
* As new translations become available, the text may become increasingly internationalized
* As jurisdictions offer new licenses, the engine will update the choices available to a user
== Resources ==
* [http://code.creativecommons.org/viewsvn/jswidget/ LicenseChooser.js development in Subversion]
* [http://cctools.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/cctools/cclib/trunk/js/ cclib/trunk/js] in Subversion contains the Javascript used for the [http://labs.creativecommons.org/dhtmllicense/ DHTML License Selector]
* [[JsWidget/Security|Security considerations]]

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