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jQuery 1.4.3 Release Candidate 1
jQuery 1.4.3 Release Candidate 1 has been
The areas that have major changes are:
- CSS handling methods
- Logic for determining element visibility and toggling of display in animation code
- Traversing logic (is, filter, closest, find)
There's no release notes yet (unless you feel like reading through lots
of commit logs):
Full details concerning the release are forthcoming – for now we just need your help in catch regressions.
jQuery at Dusk
jQuery at Dusk by
James Padolsey is a book about jQuery. It refers to jQuery's internals a
bit like our Let's Make a Framework series, so if you're an
experienced jQuery hacker but haven't tinkered under the hood it might
be worth reading. The book has been around a while (last update was 29th
March), but it's new to me.
and GPL) by Michael J. Ryan adds placeholder text to input fields using
a label tag:
This tag will then be absolutely positioned over the text input, so that it displays over the top when the input has no value, and is not focused.
The author has provided some suitable CSS, referencing html5 placeholder
Almost the same day, Daniel Stocks sent us
jQuery-Placeholder. Is there some kind of war of placeholder supremacy going on? Anyway,
this one is designed to bring HTML5 placeholder support back to older
browsers. Stocks says it supports IE6 as well. There's a
demo with more browser support details.
I noticed the same author also created
jQuery-Collapse (available on GitHub) which can be
used to make "progressive disclosure" panels, with state saved to
The plugin has been designed with WAI-ARIA in mind which defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities.