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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

Chapter 8. Progressbar

The progressbar widget is used to show the percentage complete for any arbitrary process. It's a simple and easy-to-use component with an extremely compact API, which provides excellent visual feedback to visitors.

In the current version of the component, the progressbar is purely determinate so we, or the system, must explicitly tell the widget the current amount of progress. An indeterminate progressbar is planned for a future release.

The widget is made up of just two nested <div> elements—an outer container <div> and an inner <div>, which is used to highlight the current progress. The following screenshot shows a progressbar that is 50% complete:

We'll look at the following aspects of the widget during this chapter:

  • The default implementation

  • The single configurable option

  • The event API exposed by the widget

  • The unique method exposed by the progressbar

  • Some real-world examples