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jQuery Tools – A Collection of Javascript UI Components

Posted · Category: Framework, GPL License, MIT License

jQuery Tools is a collection of the most important user-interface components for today’s websites. This single JavaScript file weighs only 5.8 Kb. This library contains some useful JavaScript tools like tabs, tooltips, accordions, overlays, smooth navigation, great visual effects and all those “web 2.0” goodies that you have seen on your favourite websites.

You don’t need to be a programmer to use these tools. They have lots of Demos you can explore and you can copy their source code to your site and things will work. Each tool is used in a similar manner and by learning one tool you can easily learn the other tools.

And above all, the library is constantly maintained and updated. Expect to see new releases coming out on a regular basis. This library is dual licensed under MIT and GPL 2+ licenses.

jQuery Tools

Requirements: jQuery Framework
Demo: http://flowplayer.org/tools/demos/index.html
License: MIT, GPL 2+ License

  • Well this is a pretty unfortunate name, especially since the “other” TOOLS are their biggest competitors.

    Never less, there are some interesting plugs in this toolkit (a toolkit for a toolkit)– I like the demo called Expose. Although I believe it won’t work in IE6.

  • Had a look at this yesterday and it looks very promising.

  • kaka

    “Let’s face it: do you really need drag-and-drop, resizable windows or sortable tables in your web applications? … What you really need are tabs, tooltips, accordions, overlays, smooth navigation, great visual effects ”

    Sorry..but I didnt get it… =/

  • ChrisHillman

    It is too bad about PNG transparency support in IE6, that is the only thing about Expose that does not work.

  • JL Smith

    It would be really nice if they could work with the jQuery UI team to create one single UI library so we don’t have all these UI libraries floating around…

  • John L

    The developer has said he wanted to start a separate library because he felt the design philosophy behind the other UI libraries was completely wrong, meaning they focus on desktop app features and are large and bloated. The need for small download sizes hasn’t gone anywhere, what with small netbooks and phones having browsers nowadays – and besides IE6, jQuery Tools works great on the iPhone browser.

  • Dann

    It’s time to drop support for IE6 anyways ;/

  • @Dann, it was time to drop ages ago but it’s not going to happen for at least two/three more years.

  • Serge

    Dann: I agree with you and Oskar. But sadly, there is still a MASSIVE percentage of people who use IE6.. what a pitty.

  • Hello,

    Just to let you know that all jQuery Tools demos work with my IE6.


    The only thing is that those PNG images won’t look good. But people can obviously use JPG’s and GIF’s.

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