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jQuery UI 1.7: The User Interface Library for jQuery

By : jQuery Foundation, Dan Wellman
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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

Overriding the theme


Using the ThemeRoller gallery and customization tools we can generate an extraordinary number of unique themes. But there may be times when we need a deeper level of customization than we are able to reach using ThemeRoller; in this situation we have two options.

We can either create a complete theme file from scratch by ourselves, or we can create an additional stylesheet that overrides only those rules in the ui.theme.css file that we need it to. The latter is probably the easiest method and results in having to write less code.

We'll now take a look at this aspect of theming and resurrect our basic form example one last time. Switch back to the base theme in the <head> of cues.html if you changed it for the previous example. Save the page as cuesOverridden.html and then create the following new stylesheet:

.ui-corner-all { -moz-border-radius:0; -webkit-border-radius:0; }
.ui-widget-header { font-family:Georgia; background:#534741; border:1px solid #362f2d; color...