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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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Applying effects to the drop-down menu

By default, we get a fairly simplistic presentation of the drop-down menu containing suggestions for completion based on what we type. The menu is simply displayed, without much fuss. Which is fine, it gets the job done reliably. But, on the other hand, there is always something we can do to make the UI look more polished. It could be as simple as changing the autocomplete widget in your application to use some subtle effects while transitioning to a visible state.

Getting ready

Since what we're after here is really more of a visual presentation aspect of the widget, we're probably safe using any existing instance of the widget.

How to do it...

Let's build on the default implementation of the autocomplete widget to include some subtle animations for the drop-down menu.

( function( $, undefined ) {

$.widget( "ab.autocomplete", $.ui.autocomplete, {

    _suggest: function( items ) {