Simple jQuery Accordion

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Chris Coyier on (Updated on )


Make sure either to run on DOM ready or at the bottom of the page.

(function($) {
  var allPanels = $('.accordion > dd').hide();
  $('.accordion > dt > a').click(function() {
    return false;



<dl class="accordion">

<dt><a href="">Panel 1</a></dt>
<dd>Pellentesque fermentum dolor. Aliquam quam lectus, facilisis auctor, ultrices ut, elementum vulputate, nunc.</dd>

<dt><a href="">Panel 2</a></dt>
<dd>Donec nec justo eget felis facilisis fermentum. Aliquam porttitor mauris sit amet orci. Aenean dignissim pellentesque felis.</dd>

<dt><a href="">Panel 3</a></dt>
<dd>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Phasellus hendrerit. Pellentesque aliquet nibh nec urna. In nisi neque, aliquet vel, dapibus id, mattis vel, nisi. Sed pretium, ligula sollicitudin laoreet viverra, tortor libero sodales leo, eget blandit nunc tortor eu nibh. Nullam mollis. Ut justo. Suspendisse potenti.</dd>



Sorry if you don’t use SASS. Should be pretty easy to convert.

.accordion {
   margin: 50px;   
   dt, dd {
      padding: 10px;
      border: 1px solid black;
      border-bottom: 0; 
      &:last-of-type {
        border-bottom: 1px solid black; 
      a {
        display: block;
        color: black;
        font-weight: bold;
  dd {
     border-top: 0; 
     font-size: 12px;
     &:last-of-type {
       border-top: 1px solid white;
       position: relative;
       top: -1px;

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Slightly more advanced, preventing closing of active panel:

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