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jQuery UI 1.7: The User Interface Library for jQuery

By : jQuery Foundation, Dan Wellman
Book Image

jQuery UI 1.7: The User Interface Library for jQuery

By: jQuery Foundation, Dan Wellman

Overview of this book

Modern web application user interface design requires rapid development and proven results. jQuery UI, a trusted suite of official plug-ins for the jQuery JavaScript library, gives you a solid platform on which to build rich and engaging interfaces with maximum compatibility and stability, and minimum time and effort. jQuery UI has a series of ready-made, great-looking user interface widgets and a comprehensive set of core interaction helpers designed to be implemented in a consistent and developer-friendly way. With all this, the amount of code that you need to write personally to take a project from conception to completion is drastically reduced. Specially revised for version 1.7 of jQuery UI, this book has been written to maximize your experience with the library by breaking down each component and walking you through examples that progressively build upon your knowledge, taking you from beginner to advanced usage in a series of easy-to-follow steps. In this book, you'll learn how each component can be initialized in a basic default implementation and then see how easy it is to customize its appearance and configure its behavior to tailor it to the requirements of your application. You'll look at the configuration options and the methods exposed by each component's API to see how these can be used to bring out the best of the library. Events play a key role in any modern web application if it is to meet the expected minimum requirements of interactivity and responsiveness, and each chapter will show you the custom events fired by the component covered and how these events can be intercepted and acted upon.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
jQuery UI 1.7
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Preface
Index

A selectable image viewer


In our final selectable example, we're going to make a basic image viewer. Images can be chosen for viewing by selecting the appropriate thumbnail. Although this sounds like a relatively easy achievement, in addition to the actual mechanics of displaying the selected image, we'll also need to consider how to handle multiple selections. The following screenshot shows an example of what we'll end up with:

The images used in this example are provided in the code download because they need to be the correct size for this example to look right. There should be eight of both the large and thumbnail versions of each image, and the sizes of each are 110 by 110 pixels for the thumbnails and 400 by 400 pixels for the large versions.

Create a new directory called selectable within our img directory, then create a new folder called image-selector inside this. Next create two new folders inside the previous one called large and thumbs. You should place the thumbnail images from...