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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.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
jQuery UI Cookbook
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Button icons and hiding text

With buttons, developers can choose to render icon-only buttons. This is accomplished by telling the button we don't want the text displayed. This is easy enough to do and serves a number of use cases—often, depending on context, an icon will suffice in explaining its action. What's more, we can add the button label back any time we wish with a simple option change. We can do this because the button text is part of the underlying HTML component. With icons, however, things become a little trickier because they're an adornment on the button. We can't turn the icons on and off as we can do with the text—the entire icon specification needs to be applied once again.

Something to aim for, then, would be a method to specify the icons in the button constructor, but remember them once turned off. This way, the icons will behave as though they're part of the original DOM element.

Getting ready

We'll start with creating the structure necessary for three icon buttons. We'll...