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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
About the Author
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Controlling a dialog programmatically

The dialog requires few methods in order to function. The full list of the methods we can call on a dialog is as follows:


Used to


Close or hide the dialog.


Permanently disable the dialog. The destroy method for a dialog works in a slightly different way than it does for the other widgets we've seen so far. Instead of just returning the underlying HTML to its original state, the dialog's destroy method also hides it.


Temporarily disable the dialog.


Enable the dialog if it has been disabled.


Determine whether a dialog is open or not.


Move the specified dialog to the top of the stack.


Open the dialog.


Get or set any configurable option after the dialog has been initialized.

Toggling the dialog

We first take a look at opening the widget, which can be achieved with the simple use of the open method. Let's revisit dialog3.html in which the autoOpen option was set to false, so...