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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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Filling space with buttons automatically

The width of any given button widget is controlled by what goes inside it. What this amounts to is either the primary or secondary icons, or neither, plus the text. The actual rendered width of the button itself isn't concretely specified, but instead is determined by the browser. Of course, this is a desirable feature of any widget—relying on the browser to compute dimensions. This approach scales well when there are lots of widgets in the UI to consider, and when there are lots of browser resolution configurations to consider.

There are, however, a few cases where the automatic width set forth by the browser isn't desirable. Think about several buttons in the same context, perhaps a div element. In all likelihood, these buttons will not render as having the same width, when this is in fact a desired property. Just because one button in the group has slightly more or slightly less text doesn't mean that we don't want them to share a consistent width...