Javascript – How to tell .hover() to wait

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I have a drop down menu. Now when it's slided down to multiple levels, I'd like it to add wait time for like 2 secs, before it disappears, so the user can get back in, when he breaks the .hover() by mistake.

Is it possible?

my code for the slide:

$('.icon').hover(function() {
        $('li.icon > ul').slideDown('fast');
    }, function() { 
        $('li.icon > ul').slideUp('fast');
    });

Best Solution

This will make the second function wait 2 seconds (2000 milliseconds) before executing:

$('.icon').hover(function() {
    clearTimeout($(this).data('timeout'));
    $('li.icon > ul').slideDown('fast');
}, function() {
    var t = setTimeout(function() {
        $('li.icon > ul').slideUp('fast');
    }, 2000);
    $(this).data('timeout', t);
});

It also clears the timeout when the user hovers back in to avoid crazy behavior.

This is not a very elegant way of doing this, however. You should probably check out the hoverIntent plugin, which is designed to solve this particular problem.