The first beta release for jQuery UI 1.10 is out, barely more than two months after the 1.9 release. Naturally, we’ve focused on specific widgets for this release, along with a usual barrage of bug fixes.
The big changes:
- Dialog API redesign and a ton of accessibility updates: This was our main goal for this release. Dialog is now easier to use (fewer (useless) options), avoids a ton of issues thanks for a new approach to stacking and a lot more accessible. When you press a button to open a dialog, then close that dialog, focus will move back to that opening button. Full keyboard control is therefore much easier. Focus handling inside the dialog also got better. Together this makes dialog much more usable in combination with screenreaders. And you get all that while the API stayed pretty much the same.
- Progressbar API redesign: The one change here is to add support for indeterminate progress bars.
- We’ve removed the backward compability layers in Accordion, Autocomplete, Effects, Position, Tabs and Widget, reducing the filesize of these components, quite significantly for Tabs. If you’ve upgraded from 1.8 to 1.9 and haven’t updated your usage yet, check out the 1.9 upgrade guide for necessary changes.
For a full list of changes, see the list of 1.10 fixed tickets. You can read more about the API redesigns in a previous blog post. We’re working on a full changelog and upgrade guide for the final release.
One new widget almost made it into this release: Selectmenu. We’re still working on the accessibility side of that and you can expect it in 1.11, which will come as quickly as 1.10.
- Development Bundle: http://jqueryui.com/resources/download/jquery-ui-1.10.0-beta.1.zip
Git (contains source files, with @VERSION not yet replaced with 1.10.0-beta.1, base theme only)
If you have feedback on us doing our first beta release for jQuery UI 1.10, feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you.