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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

Summary


The tabs widget is an excellent way of saving space on your page by organizing related (or even completely unrelated) sections of content that can be shown or hidden, with simple click-input from your visitors. It also lends an air of interactivity to your site that can help improve the overall functionality and appeal of the page on which it is used.

Let's review what was covered in this chapter. We first looked at how, with just a little underlying HTML and a single line of jQuery-flavored JavaScript code, we can implement the default tabs widget.

We then saw how easy it is to add our own basic styling for the tabs widget so that its appearance, but not its behavior, is altered. We already know that in addition to this we can use a predesigned theme or create a completely new theme using ThemeRoller.

We then moved on to look at the set of configurable options exposed by the tabs API. With these, we can enable or disable different options that the widget supports, such as whether tabs...