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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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Tooltips for selected text

Most applications use terms that the user is encountering for the first time. And so, it's helpful to provide a glossary of sorts so they may look up the meaning of a new term. However, deciding on where to put this glossary inside the user interface is a big deal. For example, if I'm performing some task, I don't want to drop it to go look something up. This is where tooltips help—the user gets a contextual explanation of something.

Out of the box, tooltips work great when applied to a specific element on the page, such as a button or a progress bar. But what about paragraphs of text? Let's look at how we could allow the user to select some text, and display some contextual definition for the selection using the tooltip widget.

How to do it...

We'll design a new dictionary widget, based on the tooltip widget, used to work with text. This widget will handle text selection by displaying a tooltip with the appropriate tip if one is found. First, here are the paragraphs...