In This Chapter
Exploring the jQuery user interface
Installing the UI and templates
Adding date pickers, dialog boxes, and icons
Dragging and dropping
Working with scrollbars
Building a sorting mechanism
Creating an accordion page
Building a tab-based interface
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 devices such as scrollbars, dedicated date pickers, and multiple tab tools. jQuery UI adds these features and more.
Advanced user interaction: The jQuery widgets give users new and exciting ways to interact with your page. Using the UI toolkit, you can easily let users make selections by dragging and dropping elements and expanding and contracting parts of the page.
Flexible theme templates: jQuery UI includes a template mechanism that controls the visual look and feel of your elements. You can choose from dozens of prebuilt themes or use a tool to build your own particular look. You can reuse this template library to manage the look of your other page elements, too (not just the ones defined by the library). ...