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jQuery UI Cookbook

By : Adam Boduch
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jQuery UI Cookbook

By: Adam Boduch

Overview of this book

jQuery UI is the quintessential framework for creating professional user interfaces. While jQuery core lays the foundation for interaction with the DOM and handling events, jQuery UI fills in the user interaction gap. This book will give you a huge productivity boost out of the box with jQuery UI, and help you understand the framework, inside and out."jQuery UI Cookbook" provides you with practical recipes featuring in-depth coverage of every widget in the framework, including how to address limitations that impact your everyday development activities with these widgets. You'll get a better idea of the big picture – how the framework is composed, how the widgets relate to one another, and how to build on those patterns.Be it a minor tweak on the visual design of a progress bar or a fundamental change in a widget to meet your needs, "jQuery UI Cookbook" covers scenarios both big and small. You can show reminders as tooltips, apply a variety of effects to the menu widget, and start interactions between the dialog widget and API data using deferred objects. These and many more interesting tasks are covered in this book, which can be done with smooth learning and great understanding. You will see how button widgets can fill the width of their containing element, making the layout more consistent. Tabs can be sorted and moved between widgets. You will learn how to do all these things within the context of the big picture, by finding out why the components work the way they do, making you well-versed in jQuery UI.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
jQuery UI Cookbook
About the Author
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Giving tabs an icon

The tabs widget uses anchor elements, which when clicked, activate the various tab panels to reveal their content. This anchor element only displays text by default, which is good enough under the vast majority of circumstances. There are other times, however, where the tab link itself would benefit from an icon. For example, a house icon helps quickly cue what is in the panel content before actually activating it. Let's look at how we can extend the tab's capabilities to support using both an icon and text as the tab button.

How to do it...

We'll create a basic tabs div to support our widget that looks like the following:

<div id="tabs">
        <li data-icon="ui-icon-home">
            <a href="#home">Home</a>
        <li data-icon="ui-icon-search">
            <a href="#search">Search</a>
        <li data-icon="ui-icon-wrench">
            <a href="#settings">Settings...