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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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Using modal dialogs for messages

The dialog widget has a modal option reserved for when we need to focus the user's attention on just one thing. This option displays the dialog while preventing the user from interacting with the rest of the user interface. They have no choice but to take notice. This goes without saying, the modal dialog should be used sparingly, especially if you want to use it to broadcast messages to the user.

Let's look at how we can strip down the dialog in order to construct a generic notification tool in our application. It is a modal dialog in essence that is used for those cases where we cannot let the user continue what they're doing without ensuring they've seen our message.

Getting ready...

Here is what the HTML we'll need for this example looks like. Notice that the #notify div, which will become a dialog widget, has no content as our new notify widget will supply some.

<div id="notify"></div>

<button id="show-info">Show Info</button>