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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

Summary


The dialog widget is specialized and caters to the display of a message or question in a floating panel that sits above the page content. Advanced functionality such as draggability and resizability, are directly built-in, and features such as the excellent modality and overlay are easy to configure.

We started out by looking at the default implementation, which is as simple as it is with the other widgets we have looked at so far. However, there are several optional components that can also be used in conjunction with the dialog, such as the draggables and resizable components.

We also examined the range of configurable options exposed by the dialog's API. We can make use of them to enable or disable built-in behavior such as modality or set the dimensions of the widget. It also gives us a wide range of callbacks that allow us to hook into custom events fired by the widget during an interaction.

We then took a brief look at the built-in opening and closing effects that can be used...