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Dialog Modals (Preorder)

Learn how to create interactive, accessible pop-up modals with the dialog element.

Learn the ins-and-outs of working with the dialog element in vanilla JavaScript in less than an hour.

This guide is shorter than a course but longer than a blog post. Get the most out of modern JavaScript and the native Web Platform.


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What you’ll learn

  • How to open and close dialog elements using JavaScript.
  • How to trap focus and prevent interactions with other elements when a dialog modal is open.
  • How to detect when a user closes or cancels a dialog modal window.
  • How to get user-submitted values from a dialog modal.
  • How to style the background overlay when the dialog modal is open.
  • Accessibility considerations with the dialog element.

🧠 Multiple formats for different learning styles. All lessons include streaming HD videos (with captions) and downloadable text in ebook formats. Watch or read on any device.

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Upgrade to the Complete Set of guides and you'll also get exclusive access to my private Slack team, where you can chat with other students, get feedback on code, ask questions, and share the latest tips, tricks, and strategies for going vanilla JavaScript.

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Get the most out of modern JavaScript

  • Learn modern best practices and code patterns.
  • Spend less time Googling and more time working on cool stuff.
  • Get the skills and confidence to really understand JavaScript.
  • Explore new native features of the Web Platform.

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Hi, I'm Chris Ferdinandi. 👋

Chris Ferdinandi

I help people learn vanilla JavaScript, and I believe there’s a simpler, more resilient way to make things for the web.

I’ve taught developers at organizations like Salesforce and the Boston Globe, and my JavaScript libraries have been used by organizations like Apple and Harvard Business School. My developer tips newsletter is read by over 14k developers each weekday.

I want to help you master vanilla JavaScript, without all of the painful false starts and roadblocks I encountered when I was learning.

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Get everything you need to start working with the dialog pop-up modal element with vanilla JavaScript:

  • All of the Lessons (in ebook format and streaming HD video)
  • The Source Code & Demos
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do the guides include new ES6 methods?

Yes. Where applicable, I cover new ES6 functions and browser APIs.

What happens if I buy a guide and you release an update? Do I get free updates?

Yes, you get free updates for life. You'll get an email letting you know whenever new content is available.

Do you offer any discounts?

Absolutely! There are three discount programs available:

  1. Student Discount. This applies to anyone in any type of schooling, including evening classes and coding bootcamps. Learn more about student discounts.
  2. Under-Represented Groups in Tech. I've had a lot of helping getting where I am, and I want to pay it forward. If you're a member of an under-represented group in tech, you can get special pricing. Learn more about discounts for under-represented groups in tech.
  3. Location-Based Pricing. I totally get that in some countries salaries and cost of living are such that the the guides are unaffordable. These should show up automatically at checkout, but if they don't, send me an email at chris@gomakethings.com, and I'll send you a discount to make it fair for where you live.
If I buy just one guide and love it, can I upgrade to the bundle?

Absolutely. Just send me an email at chris@gomakethings.com

I'll upgrade you to the bundle or format you want. You'll only have to pay the difference in price between what you purchased and the bundle or format you want.

How do I access my guides?

Visit and create an account with the email address you used to make your purchase.

You can download your guides in ebook format at any time, and stream your video courses from any device. You can also download the videos for offline viewing.

Do I need any special tools or equipment?

All you need to work with the source code and projects is a modern web browser and a text editor (I recommend VS Code). The pocket guides come in PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and HTML formats, so you can read it on any device you own. The videos can be streamed on any device.

Do I need any prior knowledge or experience to learn vanilla JavaScript?

Ideally you're comfortable working with HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript basics already. If you're brand new to JavaScript, you might want to start with my Vanilla JS Pocket Guides. If you have any specific questions, though, please email me at chris@gomakethings.com.

Are there any rules or requirements around the Slack team?

Yes. You must be at least 18 years old, and read and agree to follow the Code of Conduct.

Do you have a return policy?

Absolutely! If you’re not 100% satisfied with the guides, email me at chris@gomakethings.com and I’ll give you a full refund.

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No problem! Send me an email at chris@gomakethings.com.

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