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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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Creating sortable menu items

The menu widget, by default, preserves the order of the listed elements used to create the menu items. It means that if the creator of the HTML used in the menu widget were to change the ordering, this would be reflected in the rendered menu. This is good for the developers because it gives us control over how we would like the items to be presented to the user. But, perhaps the user has a better idea on how the menu items should be ordered.

By combining the menu widget with the sortable interaction widget, we can provide the user with that flexibility. However, with this new capability, we will have to address another question; preserving the order chosen by the user. It is great if they can arrange the menu items how they see fit, but it is not so great if they have to repeat the same process every time the page loads. So we'll look, as well, at preserving the sorted menu order in a cookie.

Getting ready

Let's use the following HTML code for our menu widget. This...