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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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Hiding the input field

The goal of the datepicker widget is to populate a text input element once the user makes a selection. So the widget has two uses for the input element. First, it listens for focus events on the input element. This is how it knows when to display the calendar selector. Second, once the selection is made, the input element value is updated to reflect the date in the chosen format.

Presenting the user with an input element would work fine in the majority of cases. But perhaps for some reason, an input doesn't suit your UI well. Maybe we need a different approach to displaying the calendar and storing/displaying the selection.

In this section, we'll look at an alternative approach to just using the datepicker input element. We'll use a button widget to trigger the calendar display, and we'll disguise the input element as being something else.

Getting ready

Let's use the following HTML for this example. We'll lay out four date sections where the user needs to press a button...