Chapter 2. Enhancing UIs with widgets

This chapter covers

  • Creating widgets using jQuery UI
  • Reading the jQuery UI API documentation
  • Customizing widgets using options, methods, and events

A widget, as explained in chapter 1, is a reusable UI component. The 12 UI widgets in jQuery UI help solve the most common UI problems that web developers run into. In chapters 35, you’ll look at each widget specifically, but first, you’ll learn how widgets in jQuery UI work, and how to customize their behavior.

The widgets in jQuery UI are created with the widget factory: a mechanism for creating powerful, feature-rich jQuery plugins. Because all widgets go through a single factory, after you learn how one works, you’ll have a good idea of how they all ...

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