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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

Switching themes quickly and easily


After developing a new widget using the base theme, we may decide that we want to switch to a fancier theme or one that fits in better with our site when we deploy it. People might want to use a different theme than the one we chose when downloading the library if we wrote and released a new plugin. Thankfully, the CSS framework makes switching themes a painless task. Looking at the previous example, all we need to do to change the skin of the widget is choose a new theme using ThemeRoller, and then download the new theme (we can download just the new theme by deselecting all of the components in the download builder).

Within the downloaded archive there would be a directory with the name of the chosen theme, such as dot-luv. We drag the theme folder out of the archive and into the development-bundle\themes folder and link the new theme file from our page, giving our form a completely new look as shown in the following figure:

The theme I used to obtain...