v 1.1.3


A modo container can contain child elements. It brings functions for quickly adding/removing other (modo) Element based objects, as well as giving them an orientation.

Containers - by default - are invisible layouting elements. For the purpose of this demo, a dashed border has been added for demonstration.



The following list of parameters can be used in the params object, passed to the constructor. Parameters in [brackets] are optional.



Define here, if contained elements should be layed out in Block (modo.Container.NORMAL) or Inline-Block (modo.Container.INLINE) mode, by default. Default: modo.Container.NORMAL


A string with custom CSS classes to apply to the generated DOM element


A object with attributes to assign to the generated DOM element. Omit the "data-" part. So for example {count: 1} becomes data-count="1" on the DOM element.


The jQuery enhanced DOM element to be generated. If nothing is set, a standard DIV container will be created. If you want to use a different DOM element, pass a jQuery generated DOM element to this parameter.


The default show effect for the element. See associated property description. Default: null


The default hide effect for the element. See associated property description. Default: null


Inherited Properties from modo.Element


Contains the jQuery enhanced DOM Node of this modoJS element.


Contains a internally given, numeric ID for this element.


Will be set by .show() and .hide(). Access this property to check the current visibility of the element.


Set a default show effect (like the options you can pass to the show() / hide() methods.


element.showEffect = {
    effect: 'slideDown',
    effectArgs: ['fast']


Define a default hide effect instead of a simple, instant hide.


add(element, ..., [options])this

Use this function to add one or more modo / jQuery / DOM elements to the container. Will trigger the Backbone Event "add", unless {silent: true} is passed as option object.

remove(element, ..., [options])this

This will remove one or more elements from the container. Either pass a modo element here, to get it removed from the container, or pass a jQuery selector to remove a DOM element.

Inherited Methods from modo.Element


Pass either true or false to this value to make the element stretch inside a modo.FlexContainer element.


Make the connected DOM object visible and trigger the Backbone Event "show".

You can control the way the element is shown by passing an object of options.


    effect: 'slideDown',
    effectArgs: ['fast']


Make the connected DOM object invisible and trigger the Backbone Event "hide".

You can control the hide effect the same way as with the show() method.

addClass(classname, doPrefix)this

Will add another class name to the DOM element. The class name will be automatically prefixed (i.e. with mdo-) if doPrefix = true (default).

removeClass(classname, doPrefix)this

Will remove a class name from the DOM element. The class name will be automatically prefixed.

addClassTemporary(classname, timeout, doPrefix)this

Helps with adding a classname temporarily to the object. Just call this method and after the specified amount of time, the added class(es) will be removed.

Note: All modoJS Objects are extended with all methods of the Backbone.Events class.



Triggered, when a child has been added through add()

Event ParameterDescription


Can be either a modo element, a jQuery enhanced DOM object, or a DOM object


Triggered, when a child has been removed through remove()

Inherited Events from modo.Element


Triggered, when the object has been displayed through show()


Triggered, when the object has been hidden through hide()

CSS Classes


Applied to the modo element.


Applied when horizontal container layout is configured.


Applied when vertical container layout is configured.

Inherited CSS Classes from modo.Element


Basic class that will be applied to every element that extends modo.Element.


Will be applied to every modo element where setFlexible(true) has been called upon.

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