I'd like to share three great jQuery capabilities featured in Steven Holzner's jQuery Visual QuickStart Guide, which I recently reviewed for the publisher. Each starts with a link to a sample page that shows off the corresponding jQuery feature; where code samples aren't available on the page, you can of course take a look at the page's source.
- Accordion style menu: Lets you present any number of distinct text areas on a single page, and expand/contract individual areas to maximize display space and information reach. This is a great visual tool for technical documentation. The jQuery Accordion Menu Tutorial has all the coding details (which are quite simple, actually).
- Datepicker plug-in: This nifty plug-in provides an easy, convenient way to include an attractive and highly configurable date picker (much like the month-by-month display in Outlook Calendar's left-hand column or the Vista Calendar gadget). The jQuery datepicker (options) API page takes you through everything you need to know here.
- Tabs widget: This great tool lets you break content up into tabbed page content. You can stack multiple sets of content on a single page , and you can even update pages to add or remove tabs on the fly. The UI/API Tabs page has pages upon pages of information for this fabulous tool.
As part of my testing for a book on jQuery I'm reviewing, I had to check these and all the other sample pages in IE 7 and 8, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari. I never hit a single hitch along that path related to browser differences, interestingly enough. What an eye-opener this was for me, and what a pleasure it is to work with jQuery.
Visit the jQuery site for more information, tutorials, examples and more. You won't be sorry.
Ed Tittel is a full-time writer and trainer whose interests include XML and development
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This was first published in May 2009