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jQuery UI Cookbook

By : Adam Boduch
Book Image

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.
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jQuery UI Cookbook
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Setting the active tab using href

The tabs widget allows the developer to programmatically set the active tab. This can be done by passing a zero-based index value to the active option. This option can be set in the tabs constructor, which tells the widget which tab to activate by default, or it can be set afterwards, potentially changing the active tab. Changing the active tab using this option is essentially the same thing as a user clicking on a tab button to activate the panel. However, we can improve on this interface by allowing developers using the tabs widget to pass an href value instead of an index. This way, you don't have to remember the ordering of the tabs—which number represents which link, and so on.

How to do it...

Let's first set up the HTML used in this demonstration as the foundation of the tabs widget.

<div id="tabs">
        <li><a href="#tab1">Tab 1</a></li>
        <li><a href="#tab2">Tab 2</a></li&gt...