Saturday, April 12, 2014

Apply with LinkedIn button with AngularJS and Twitter bootstrap

I wrote a site with angularjs and twitter bootstrap that needed an "Apply with LinkedIn button@. The site had to support IE8 (ugh!)

In theory, setting up the button should be very easy. All you need to do is add this code into your web page:

<script type="text/javascript" src=""> api_key: <YOUR API KEY GOES HERE> </script>

<script type="IN/Apply" data-companyId="1337" data-jobTitle="Chief Cat Wrangler" data-email="" data-jobLocation="Oslo, Norway"> </script>

However, because of IE8 issues, and angular partials, this wasn't so straight forward, and I had to jump some hoops to get this to work.

1. IE8 specifically needed the
<script type="text/javascript" src="">api_key: xxxx</script>
in the head.

Other browsers seemed to manage if I included this call just before I called the script.

But including the in.js call in the head of my index.html file meant my partials did not find it. So my linkedin buttons, which were being displayed in my partials, never showed. Sometimes it seemed like the page needed a refresh before the button showed up. In addition, I needed to change the jobs and locations dynamically.

This link from Eugene O'Neill : helped me a lot.

I essentially had to "refresh" the DOM after loading the button each time.

So my code looked like this:

  a. index.html had in.js in the head:
<script type="text/javascript" src="">api_key: xxxx</script>

  b. In my partial I had a div that looked like this:
<div id="linkedInTop" ng-bind-html="linkedIn()"></div>

    My jobs (and locations) checkbox tag looked like this:
<input type="checkbox" class="btn btn-primary" data-ng-model="job.checked" data-ng-checked="job.checked" value="{{}}" data-ng-change="refreshLinkedIn()">{{}}

  c. In my controller I had this:
$scope.linkedIn = function () {

    refreshLinkedInButton(jobTitles($scope, $filter), locations($scope, $filter));


function refreshLinkedInButton(jobTitle, location) {

    // create the script node

    var script = $('<script>')
        // add attributes
        .attr('type', 'IN/Apply') // make it an Apply with LinkedIn button
        .attr('data-jobTitle', jobTitle)
        .attr('data-companyid', '12345')
        .attr('data-email', '
        .attr('data-joblocation', location)
        .attr('data-logo', '')
        .attr('data-themecolor', '#40b8e1');


    // check if IN.parse exists, if so, call it
    if (IN.parse) {
    // otherwise, we will register it to fire on the systemReady event
    // this is just precaution, but can avoid a special race condition
    else {
        IN.Event.on(IN, "systemReady", IN.parse);

This worked like a charm on all browsers, and allowed me to dynamically change jobs and locations.

Thanks again to Eugene O'Neill. The force is strong with him.

2. The other problem I had was that the apply button seemed to get "smushed". Turns out this was because of twitter bootstrap and box-sizing.

I had to add this to my CSS and that fixed it.
span[id*='li_ui_li_gen_'] {
    -webkit-box-sizing: content-box;
    -moz-box-sizing: content-box;
    box-sizing: content-box;

The CSS code above changes the box-sizing for all linked in generated content (the spans which contain the apply button) back to content-box.

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