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40 Exceptional jQuery Interface Techniques and Tutorials

April 20th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

With the advent of JavaScript/web application libraries and frameworks, it's become much easier to build interactive components for a site. For the folks that are unfamiliar with jQuery – it's a popular, high-performance and compact JavaScript library/framework. jQuery will allow  you to reduce the amount of code you have to write for dealing with browser quirks, memory leaks, and repetitive code by providing you with a set of useful and highly-optimized and thoroughly-tested functions and methods.

In this article, we explore the strengths of jQuery in letting web developers create impressive client-side-based user interface components. Whether you're looking for a particular interface/interaction pattern built on Query (like module tabs or modal windows) or you simply want to learn the library by engaging in step-by-step tutorials – you should be able to find something here for you.

Modal Windows

1. How to create a stunning and smooth popup using jQuery

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In this jQuery tutorial, you'll discover a technique for creating a slick modal window that appears when the user clicks on the triggering element (in this case, form submit input, but you can easily modify it into other HTML elements like <a>). The tutorial will also show you how you can deal with keypress events so that you can incorporate keyboard shortcuts into your interface.

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2. Simple jQuery Modal Window Tutorial

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This modal window tutorial uses a rel attribute to indicate whether a link opens a modal window using inline content. You'll witness a few popular jQuery methods in action like the .click() and .css() methods.

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3. Building modal panels with jQuery

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This jQuery tutorial discusses a method for creating a modal window that builds in graceful degradation in its design for users who don't have JavaScript turned on.

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Tool Tips

4. Build a Better Tooltip with jQuery Awesomeness

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This tutorial will show you a method for replacing the built-in browser tooltips that appear on elements such as images and links with title attributes.

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5. Smart Tooltips with jQuery

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This tooltip technique will check whether a link has a title attribute or not, and if it doesn't, it skips it title.

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6. Coda Popup Bubbles

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This excellent jQuery tutorial shows you how to create slick popup bubbles that appear when hovering over the target object.

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Module Tabs

7. Create a Slide Tabbed Box using jQuery

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This simple tutorial will show you how to create a set a module tab interface that slides content left and right as you click on the tabs.

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8. Create a Tabbed Interface Using jQuery

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This very detailed step-by-step tutorial will show you how to create a tabbed interface using jQuery.

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9. jQuery Tabbed Interface

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This excellent tutorial is yet another variation to the popular tabbed interface.

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10. jQuery Tabs

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This tutorial is in screencast format and is aimed at beginners and designers.

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Showcasing Images

11. Create Sliding Image Caption with jQuery

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This image gallery tutorial shows you an interesting interaction technique for having captions that slide up to reveal more information about a particular image when the user hovers over it.

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12. Image Cross Fade Transition

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This tutorial will show you how to fade another image in, superimposing onto the current image when the user hovers it. It can be a great way to display more information about a particular image.

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13. A Basic Image Gallery – The jQuery Way

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Create a basic image gallery by leveraging the strengths of jQuery in traversing the DOM and in DOM manipulation.

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14. Image Reveal using jQuery

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This quick and easy tutorial shows you the concept of hiding and showing elements by watching out for window events (in this instance – mouse hovers).

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15. Inline Image Enlargement with jQuery

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This jQuery tutorial shows you a slick and animated method for enlarging thumbnail-sized photos when the user hovers on them.

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16. Slider Gallery

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In this jQuery tutorial, you'll learn how to create a sliding gallery that leans on jQuery UI to make dealing with theming the web component a breeze.

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17. Simple jQuery Image Slide Show with Semi-Transparent Caption

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In this tutorial, you'll learn about the concept of tweaking opacity of elements, as well as using the setInterval function to delay the firing off of another function.

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18. BBC Radio 1 Zoom Tabs

BBC Radio 1 Zoom Tabs screen shot.

This screencast tutorial shows you how to zoom in and out of an image and reveal a module tab interface when the user hovers of it. The tutorial was inspired the BBC Radio 1 site which shows a similar effect.

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19. Photo Slider Tutorial

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This tutorial shows you how easy it is to implement the Photo Slider JS library to create a stunning but user-friendly sliding photo gallery.

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Interacting with Content / Displaying Content

20. Creating a “Filterable” Portfolio with jQuery

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In this jQuery tutorial, you'll discover a method for creating a gallery of images that can be filtered by categories.

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21. How to Build a Super Duper News Scroller

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This screencast-format tutorial will show you how you can create a news scroller to display dynamic news feed connected to an RSS feed. This tutorial also uses PHP and SimplePie to interface with RSS feeds.

22. Text Resizing With jQuery

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Resizing text on a web page is often a valuable site feature to help adjust the text within the web page instead of using the browsers' features. This tutorial goes over a method for being able to resize text with jQuery that will work regardless of what font size units you use (i.e. px, em, %).

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23. jQuery Sequential List

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This tutorial leverages DOM manipulation to create a jQuery script that will replace your unordered (<ul>) and ordered (<ol>) lists into something fancier. The script you'll learn to write in this tutorial gracefully degrades in the JavaScript off scenario.

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24. Animate your message boxes with jQuery

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You'll read about a technique on how to animate message boxes using jQuery, in this excellent tutorial.

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25. Create an Amazon Books Widget with jQuery and XML

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You'll learn how to leverage jQuery and the Amazon API to display products inside a content area that's horizontally-scrollable in this highly-involved step-by-step tutorial.

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26. Building a jQuery-Powered Tag-Cloud

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Tag clouds are effective in display the most popular categories or keywords on your site. By using jQuery and following along this excellent tutorial, you can create a remarkable tag cloud widget on your site.

27. Simple jQuery Spy Effect

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In this tutorial, you'll discover an innovative technique for mimicking Digg's now defunct Digg Spy application (here is Digg Spy's predecessor).

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28. Coda Slider Effect

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Learn to create the Coda sliding content area using jQuery in this step-by-step screencast.

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Web Forms

29. Improving Search Boxes with jQuery

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Create search boxes that are highlighted when the user focuses on them by following along this excellent jQuery tutorial.

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30. Build An Incredible Login Form With jQuery

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If you're interested in creating better-looking and more interactive signup forms that drop down from its location when a user clicks on it, this excellent jQuery tutorial will show you how.

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Navigation Menus

31. Horizontal Scrolling Menu with CSS and jQuery

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This jQuery tutorial will show you a technique for creating an impressive scrollable menu that moves based on the user's mouse movements.

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32. Fading Menu – Replacing Content

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Create an animated fading navigation menu by following along Chris Coyier's excellent tutorial.

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33. Using jQuery for Background Image Animations

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Johnathan Snook shows us how easy it is to create a slick, animated navigation menu by transitioning background-image position.

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34. Animated Menus Using jQuery

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Learn how to create this impressive jQuery-based navigation menu that has an interesting animation effect.

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35. Create an apple style menu and improve it via jQuery

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This interesting tutorial shows you how to create an Apple-inspired navigation menu that, when hovered over, expands the navigation item.

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36. multilevel Dropdown menu with CSS and jQuery

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This tutorial shows you how you can leverage some powerful jQuery methods such as .find() and .css() to create an animated, multilevel dropdown navigation menu.

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37. jQuery & CSS Example – Dropdown Menu

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In this jQuery tutorial, you'll find a quick and easy method for creating a dropdown menu. (Live demo on the tutorial page)

38. Creating a Floating HTML Menu Using jQuery and CSS

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This jQuery-based navigation menu tutorial will show you how to create a menu that follows you up and down the page as you scroll.

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39. Navigation List menu + jQuery Animate Effect Tutorial

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You'll learn about a technique on how to animate a navigation list menu in this wonderful jQuery tutorial.

40. Horizontal Slide Nav Using jQuery & CSS

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Learn to create a spectacular sliding navigation whose animation is triggered when the user hovers over a navigation item.

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