Generate and Download .ics file for an event using jQuery

Here is the code to generate and download the .ics file for an event using jQuery.

var todayDate	= new Date();
var msgData	= todayDate.toISOString();
var startDate	= e.start.toISOString();
var endDate	= e.end.toISOString();

var icsMSG1 = "BEGIN:VCALENDARrnVERSION:2.0rnPRODID:" + msgData + "ZrnDTSTART:" + startDate + "rn";

var icsMSG2 = '';
if(endDate != '') {
    icsMSG2 = "DTEND:" + endDate +"rn";


icsMSG = icsMSG1 + icsMSG2 + icsMSG3;

$('.test-ics').click(function(){ "data:text/calendar;charset=utf8," + escape(icsMSG));

and, add this line in your html code

<div><a class="test-ics">Add to Calendar</a></div>

replace e.start with your event start date & time
replace e.end with your event end date & time
replace title with your event title

Convert a Menu to a Dropdown for Small Screens

We come across the digital world where the technology is at its pace. As the time passes the websites are compatible to mobile devices, but still there are some issues due to which the website cannot be made device compatible. So, what to in this case.

Here comes the solution:


The HTML for these two menus is different. As far as I know, you can’t style <select>and <option> elements to look and behave like <a>s or vice versa. So we need both. You could just put both in the markup. That’s what Five Simple Steps does:


    <li><a href="/" class="active">Home</a></li> 
    <li><a href="/collections/all">Books</a></li> 
    <li><a href="/blogs/five-simple-steps-blog">Blog</a></li> 
    <li><a href="/pages/about-us">About Us</a></li> 
    <li><a href="/pages/support">Support</a></li> 
    <option value="" selected="selected">Select</option> 
    <option value="/">Home</option> 
    <option value="/collections/all">Books</option> 
    <option value="/blogs/five-simple-steps-blog">Blog</option> 
    <option value="/pages/about-us">About Us</option> 
    <option value="/pages/support">Support</option> 


Let’s go with that for now.


By default we’ll hide the select menu with display: none;. This is actually good for accessibility, as it will hide the redundant menu from screen readers.

nav select {
  display: none;

Then using media queries, we’ll do the switcheroo at some specific width. You can determine that on your own (here’s some standard breakpoints).

@media (max-width: 960px) {
  nav ul     { display: none; }
  nav select { display: inline-block; }

But now you gotta maintain two menus?

Well yeah, that’s one concern. Maybe your menus are created dynamically and you can’t control the output easily. Maybe you and hand crafting menus but want to make sure you don’t accidentally get your menus out of sync. One way we can fight this is to dynamically create the dropdown menu from the original.

Using jQuery, we can do that with just a few lines of code:

// Create the dropdown base
$("<select />").appendTo("nav");

// Create default option "Go to..."
$("<option />", {
   "selected": "selected",
   "value"   : "",
   "text"    : "Go to..."
}).appendTo("nav select");

// Populate dropdown with menu items
$("nav a").each(function() {
 var el = $(this);
 $("<option />", {
     "value"   : el.attr("href"),
     "text"    : el.text()
 }).appendTo("nav select");

Then to make the dropdown menu actually work…

$("nav select").change(function() {
  window.location = $(this).find("option:selected").val();