jQuery UI 1.7 Now Released!

Posted by Scott on 03/06/2009

Today marks the release of jQuery UI version 1.7. In many ways, this release is the start of an entirely new direction for the library. As core team members and official sponsors of jQuery UI, we're very proud of the team's efforts and the result of all of our hard work.

jQuery UI Homepage

So What's New In the Release?

In short: a whole lot! Here are some highlights.

  • jQuery 1.3 Compatibility: stable support for the latest version of jQuery.
  • Revamped & Optimized Plugins: every plugin has been rebuilt from the ground up for great flexibility and customization.
  • CSS Framework: our pride and joy. The new jQuery UI CSS Framework runs presentation of all jQuery UI plugins and is designed for custom plugin development as well!
  • ThemeRoller v2: ThemeRoller is redesigned and enhanced for powerful design
  • Demos & Documentation: new integrated demos and docs section for easy browsing and developing.
  • Full Offline Documentation: included with every download of jQuery UI!
  • Major Website Improvements: lots of updates such as a much-improved download builder.
  • Themes Bundle: download the entire set of jQuery UI themes at once.
  • A New Dedicated jQuery UI Blog: http://blog.jqueryui.com

You can read all about the details over at the new jQuery UI Blog.

We find it particularly exciting that the jQuery UI CSS themes are now hosted on Google's Ajax Libraries CDN. As far as we know, this is the first CSS Framework Google has hosted like this and we're thrilled at the performance possibilities. We highly encourage you to use the themes hosted on their servers whenever using a gallery theme. Also, you can always link to jQuery UI on their CDN as well, and that continues to be the fastest way to load jQuery UI on the web.

Thanks! Care to Join Us?

We want to thank the entire jQuery UI team and everyone else in the jQuery community who contributed to this release. We invite you to join our planning wiki to help us on future releases and if you're interested and able, we would love development help as well! Check out the jQuery UI Development Center to find out more.

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Comments

I couldn’t be happier having Filament Group as sponsors and truly invaluable members of the jQuery UI Team. You were an integral part of this fantastic release. Thank you and congratulations!

Comment by Richard D. Worth on 03/06  at  02:45 PM

That’s fantastic news, congratulations and thanks for all your hard work!

My only gripe is that I don’t see much mentioned about the compliance of UI elements with WCAG 1.0 or 2.0 - I would ideally like to see a commitment from the jQuery UI team to ensure that all widgets, sliders, etc will be made at least WCAG 1.0 AAA compliant if they are not already, and to aim to comply with the relevant parts of WCAG 2.0 eventually.

This will ensure that the components are able to be used in compliant sites without having to worry about affecting compliance, which would greatly improve the user experience for all visitors, and of course the publicity such an achievement would generate in the accessibility community and beyond would surely speed adoption and further propel jQuery UI forward as a mature, robust, and industry standard web development library/technology.

Please say that you will consider this and respond in detail, perhaps by writing a new blog entry on how you see accessibility issues fitting in with the jQuery UI library, and calling on other developers to ensure that their plugins & widgets are compliant too.

Comment by Marcus Tucker on 03/08  at  06:35 PM

thanxs post very cool

Comment by توبيكات on 08/15  at  07:11 PM

When do you predict we will have a new version?

Alexandra, Inchirieri Masini

Comment by Alexa Popa on 08/21  at  04:24 PM

The first preview release of 1.8 (alpha 1) is out now. See http://blog.jqueryui.com/2009/08/jquery-ui-18a1/ We plan to have at least one more alpha and a couple betas before the RCs and final. So it’s in the neighborhood of a couple months away yet.

Comment by Richard D. Worth on 08/21  at  05:18 PM

The CSS Framework is just fantastic!
That´s a great new.
Thanks.

Comment by OPL Consultoria on 09/10  at  06:33 PM

Just a test…

Comment by Test on 08/29  at  03:58 PM

The pdf is great. Good work! Thanks!
thank you godd.

Comment by sex on 11/21  at  11:43 AM