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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
About the Author
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Making a full-sized calendar widget

The typical use for the datepicker widget is to augment a standard form input field. When the field comes into focus, it's then that we want to display the actual datepicker for the user. This makes sense if we're following the standard usage pattern for the widget—to pick dates. This is why, after all, it's called a datepicker.

But we could, however, take advantage of some flexibility afforded by the theme framework and perform a few minor tweaks to display a larger calendar. Not necessarily for the purpose of picking a date as input, but as a large window into date/time related information. The changes we need to make to the widget are merely to scale the inline display up in size.

Getting ready

The datepicker widget already knows how to display itself inline. We just need to call the datepicker constructor on a div element instead of an input element. So we'll use this basic markup:

<div class="calendar"></div>

And a plain old datepicker() invocation...