jQuery UI redemption

I noticed today that the jQuery UI folks have gone about correcting the problems with the 1.6 release candidates.  They’ve chosen to tie UI version 1.6 to jQuery 1.2 and create a new UI 1.7 to work with jQuery 1.3.   I think this is a great idea.  Between the CSS changes in the new UI version and the UI tools that were already leveraging new jQuery 1.3 functionallity it was obvious that 1.6 would not work in both jQuery 1.2.6 and 1.3.

I notice tonight that the UI homepage shows jQuery 1.3 next to UI 1.6rc6 and jQuery 1.2.6 next to UI 1.5.3.  It would have been nice if the renumbered 1.6rc6 to 1.7rc1, but I’m at least glad that the site makes it clear what will work with what.

Over at Human Services HQ we’ve stabilized around jQuery 1.3, jQuery UI 1.6rc6, a third party autocomplete, and thickbox.   The only change I had to make to get jQuery UI to allow a calendar inside the thickbox was to add a z-index to the calendar div.  Since then it has been smooth sailing.

Despite the growing pains for jQuery UI this release I remain a big fan.  If you are looking for a lightweight javascript framework jQuery can’t be beat.  If you want some UI widgets to use on top of jQuery then jQuery UI is the obvious first place to look.

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