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jQuery UI Cookbook

By : Adam Boduch
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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 effects with menu navigation

There are several approaches we could take when it comes to applying effects to the menu widget. Where could we apply effects in the menu widget? The user hovers their mouse pointer over the menu items, which results in a state change. The user expands a submenu. These two actions are the main interactions we could improve visually with some animation. Let's look at how we can address these effects using as little JavaScript as possible in favor of using CSS transitions. Transitions are an emerging CSS standard in so far, that not all browsers support them using standard syntax yet. In the spirit of progressive enhancement, however, applying CSS in this way means that the basic menu functionality will work just fine even in browsers that don't support it. And we can side-step having to write an overwhelming amount of JavaScript to animate the menu navigation.

Getting ready

For this example, we can use any standard menu HTML code. Ideally, it should have a...