[Ads-l] lightbox

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 11 14:07:46 EST 2019


A web search for "lightbox" finds a number of websites that give
approximately the same definition: a unit providing a lighted screen for
viewing slides or transparencies or negatives. There is another sense that
I found at a single manufacturer's website. It refers to a kind of object I
have seen in many places, and I can only suppose that the term is in common
usage among advertisers and their clients:

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There are large ones, circa four or 5 feet high by three or 4 feet wide, at
many bus stop rain shelters here in Philadelphia. There are smaller ones
for displaying a transparency of something like a movie poster or a
portrait, etc. See the examples on that↑manufacturer's website.

 Mark Mandel



On Wed, Dec 11, 2019, 11:13 AM Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> While the OED and Merriam-Webster have “light box” as a device for
> providing light on a surface, neither has the meaning of the popup used on
> webpages that dim the background to highlight the popup content. Wiktionary
> (<https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lightbox>) provides: (Internet) A kind
> of pop-up that is overlaid across a web page while the rest of the content
> is dimmed.
>
> Wikipedia (<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightbox_(JavaScript)> ) says
> that “Lightbox” is a JavaScript library. I do not know if all lightboxes
> utilize that library, but the term is common enough in web development and
> is certainly commonly encountered by web users even if they don’t know what
> they are called:
>
> (<https://graygrids.com/jquery-javascript-lightbox-image-gallery-plugins/
> >)
> (<https://www.hongkiat.com/blog/responsive-lightbox-library/>)
> (<
> https://www.codexcoder.com/best-lightbox-based-free-plugins-for-front-end-development/
> >)
>
> Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
>

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