In This Chapter
Exploring the jQuery UI
Installing the UI and templates
Adding datepickers, dialog boxes, and icons
Dragging and dropping
Working with scroll bars
Building a sorting mechanism
Creating an accordion page
Building a tab-based interface
This tool adds some very welcome features to Web development, including new visual elements (widgets), a uniform icon set, and a mechanism for easily generating attractive CSS styles:
New user interface elements: As a modern user interface tool, HTML is missing some important tools. Most modern visual languages include built-in support for such devices as scroll bars, dedicated datepickers, and multiple tab tools. jQuery UI adds these features and more.
Advanced user interaction: The jQuery widgets allow new and exciting ways for the user to interact with your page. With the UI toolkit, you can easily let users make selections by dragging and dropping elements, and expand and contract parts of the page.
Flexible theme templates: jQuery UI includes a template mechanism that controls the visual look and feel of your ...