A long overdue status update

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It has been a long time since the release of jQuery Mobile 1.4, and we have started to get a lot of questions about the status and future of the project. First and foremost, I would like to say that we are very much still alive and working. Looking at the master branch, it may seem like there hasn’t been much happening. That is because we moved our development to a jQuery Mobile 1.5 branch while we worked on some very big breaking changes. This work ended up taking a lot longer than expected which has delayed the release of 1.5-beta more than we would have liked.

With the beta release of jQuery UI 1.12, we are almost ready to release and have just three more widgets to finish work on (see the open Pull Requests for panel, table, and selectmenu). Here is a quick status update of what we have been doing and have coming up in future versions.

We have combined efforts with the jQuery UI team to stop duplicating widgets. We now share the rock solid and newly re-written jQuery UI core. Components from jQuery UI we now incorporate include:

  • Core (now broken up into individual micro modules)
  • Button
  • Checkboxradio
  • Controlgroup
  • Accordion
  • Tabs
  • Widget factory

We have made sure all of our widgets now support the core jQuery UI Widget factory methods and options. Included in the new features is a classes option, which allows complete control over the look of your widgets, which will open up whole new custom theming possibilities. Our work with jQuery UI will continue in future versions. In upcoming versions we will be working to incorporate the remainder of jQuery UI features and widgets (including the ever popular datepicker) into jQuery Mobile. A big step forward for jQuery Mobile will also be the incorporation of the interactions like draggable, droppable, and sortable from jQuery UI.

We have also not forgotten the widgets which are specific to jQuery Mobile. We have completely re-written the navbar and table widgets for 1.5. Continuing the work on auto-enhancement we began in 1.4, the auto-enhancement based on data-role has been completely rethought from the ground up. It is now a stand-alone module that can work with widgets as well as any function or jQuery method. It is now highly optimized for speed and page reload. In complex pages with lots of enhancement, the auto-enhancements are faster than individual selectors and function calls.

The team has been working hard behind the scenes improving our code quality, testing, and infrastructure. In 1.5 we have cleaned up a lot of our current testing infrastructure and now also share testing infrastructure we developed with jQuery UI. We have also unified our use of AMD and are finishing up sharing a download builder. In the future, we plan to also share a theme and theme roller with jQuery UI. Our plan for theme roller is to both use CSS Chassis and the theme roller they intend to build, separating the theming from the JavaScript libraries.

We have also been looking into how to provide the best possible touch screen support. To this end we have made two major decisions moving forward:

  • Looking forward, we are also working to join efforts with PEP (Pointer Events Polyfill) and Hammer.js to improve our gesture support. Hammer.js is a very popular and robust gestures library that will help to improve jQuery Mobile while lowering maintenance costs for the team.
  • We will also be removing our vmouse abstraction in favor of PEP, a pointer events polyfill.

Lastly, we would like to address browser support. We have always attempted to support as many browsers as possible, but in order to move forward in the rapidly changing landscape we will be dropping support for many older browsers. Going forward we will support:

  • IE 11+
  • Chrome Current -1
  • Firefox Current -1
  • Safari 8+
  • iOS 8+
  • Android 4+
  • Windows Phone 8.1+

We have not removed any workarounds or bug fixes in 1.5, but we will no longer be accepting bug reports against other browsers and will remove workarounds in 1.6.

There are many more changes coming both in 1.5 and future versions, but this gives you an idea of the things that we have been working on and what is coming in the future.

jQuery Mobile 1.4.5 Released

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We released the 5th maintenance release for jQuery Mobile 1.4 today to fix a few last creepy crawly bugs that cropped up from iOS8. See the 1.4.5 changelog for a list of all changes that landed in this fifth maintenance release for jQuery Mobile 1.4.

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jQuery Mobile 1.4.4 Released

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We released jQuery Mobile 1.4.4 today at the jQuery Conference in Chicago! See the 1.4.4 changelog for a list of all changes that landed in this fourth maintenance release for jQuery Mobile 1.4.

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New Project Lead

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Today, we’re excited to announce that Alexander Schmitz is stepping up as the new jQuery Mobile Project lead. Alex, a regular speaker at the jQuery Conferences, joined the team in 2012 to become the Development lead a few months later. Alex’s involvement in jQuery UI, together with his experience as Development Lead for jQuery Mobile, make him the perfect candidate for the role, especially as we move into a new phase in the project, where we are merging Mobile and UI widgets and developing a common CSS Framework.

Former Project Lead Jasper de Groot will stay on the team together with the other team members Anne-Gaelle Colom, Gabriel Schulhof, and Ghislain Seguin. Having a great team is essential for an open source project, but the same goes for having an active community. We would like to thank all people who contributed to the project over the last four years. If you are also interested in contributing to the jQuery Mobile project, checkout the “About” page on the web site to see how you can get involved.

jQuery Mobile 1.4.3 Released

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Today we released jQuery Mobile 1.4.3. This third maintenance release for 1.4 does not only contain bug fixes, but also a new pagecontainer events demo. See the 1.4.3 changelog for a list of all changes.

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jQuery Mobile 1.4.2 Released

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The second maintenance release for jQuery Mobile 1.4 is out! We fixed the issues with Android 2.3 and IE8 that were introduced in 1.4.1. More than 30 other bug fixes landed in this release, including ones for panel and transitions. See the 1.4.2 changelog for a list of all changes.

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jQuery Mobile 1.4.1 Released

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Today we released jQuery Mobile 1.4.1 More than 50 bug fixes landed in this first maintenance release for 1.4, including fixes for swipe, panel and textinput’s autogrow. See the 1.4.1 changelog for a list of all changes.

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jQuery Mobile 1.4.0 Released

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We are happy to announce the first stable release of jQuery Mobile 1.4. For this new version we focused on performance improvements and reviewing widgets. We also introduced a new default theme and SVG icons. Some of the new features that come with this release are a flipswitch widget, a generic filter widget named “filterable”, popups with arrows, tooltips for sliders and we integrated the tabs widget from jQuery UI.

Performance

To improve performance we reduced DOM manipulation. Generation of inner markup for elements styled as butons has been completely removed. In many cases the framework just adds classes to the native element during enhancement and we even reduced the amount of classes that are added by the framework.

Theme inheritance

One of the biggest changes is the way theme inheritance works. In previous versions we used JavaScript to find the nearest parent element with a theme and added theme classes to all elements. This has been replaced by a pure CSS solution where the level of specificity of the selector determines what theme (swatch) is applied. In almost all cases the default for option theme has been removed and widgets get the same theme as their container or page via CSS.

New default theme

This was also a good time to switch to a new default theme with a flat, more modern, design. The number of swatches has been reduced from five to two; a light “A” swatch and a dark “B” swatch.

SVG icons

Not only the theme is new. A big thank you to Glyphish for creating a complete new icon set for jQuery Mobile! These are vector-based SVG icons, but we included a fallback to external PNG icons on browsers that don’t support inline SVG. We are also going to provide additional stylesheets, each with different icon CSS (inline SVG, data-uri PNG, and external PNG) that can be used with the full Grunticon solution.

Demos

The style and structure of the demos have been changed. The demos are no longer divided in sections, but all content is grouped by component. All demos are now directly accessible via the new, responsive, navigation menu.

New website

We did not only release a new version of the framework, but also launched our new website! The jQuery Mobile site now uses the same WordPress parent theme as the other jQuery projects.

Thanks

We want to say thanks to everyone who contributed. Thank you Sven Franck for all your hard work on the new filterable widget and the table widget!

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jQuery Mobile 1.4.0 RC1 Released

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The jQuery Mobile team is excited to announce the first release candidate for 1.4.0. For this new version of the jQuery Mobile framework we focused on performance improvements, reviewing widgets as well as a new default theme and SVG icons. Some of the new features in 1.4 are a flip switch widget, a generic filter widget named “filterable”, popups with arrows, tooltips for sliders and we integrated the tabs widget from jQuery UI.

See the changelog below for the key changes, and have a look at the jQuery Mobile 1.4.0 Beta 1 announcement to find out about all highlights of this new version of jQuery Mobile.

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Changes since 1.4.0 beta

We would like to thank everyone for testing the alpha and beta releases! The issues with panels, as well as most of the other bugs that were reported, are fixed in this RC1 release. We also changed the active colors in the new default theme a bit.

All demos have been updated and the problems with the Download Builder have been resolved. The 1.4 API documentation will be available when we release 1.4.0 final. We are also still working on updating the ThemeRoller for 1.4, which takes more time than usual because of all the changes we made in the theme CSS.

Please help us by testing the Release Candidate and reporting issues.

New features

  • Theming: The active and focus styles are now themeable
  • Links: Deprecated class ui-link. One style for links in body and bars (bar link colors were never themeable in ThemeRoller)
  • Controlgroup: Added option theme
  • Popup: New feature popup arrow
  • Slider: New feature slider tooltip
  • Touch events now have teardown methods
  • New option for taphold event $.special.event.tap.emitTapOnTaphold default = true;
  • New widget Toolbar: replaces page.sections (which is removed) and handles all header and footer bars
  • Fixed Toolbars are now an extension on the toolbar widget
  • Toolbars work outside of pages
  • True persistant Toolbars
  • Textinput: added option corners
  • Slider and Rangeslider: added option corners.
  • New set of vector-based icons from Glyphish with fallbacks via Grunticon
  • Base tag support
  • New flip switch widget
  • New filterable widget
  • Integrated UI tabs widget
  • Popup work outside of pages
  • Panel work outside of pages
  • Option wrapperClass to add custom classes to a generated wrapper
  • All widgets (excluding listview, tables, and selectmenu, panel) have options that can be set after the widget has been instantiated. Dialog-related options must be set via the page plugin ( i.e., $( “#myDialog” ).page( “option”, “closeBtn”, “none” ) )
  • All widgets (excluding listview, tables, and selectmenu, dialog, toolbar, panel) have an option named “enhanced” that allows you to provide the markup the widget itself would generate, thus saving startup time
  • Table now also has a rebuild method that makes it possible to dynamically add columns
  • Autoinit: Now any widget included in a jquery mobile site will get automatic init by using data-role=”widgetname”
  • $.fn.enhanceWithin() to enhance all content within the selected element
  • Textinput: Option inset was introduced in 1.4.0 Alpha 1 to style the filterable input when used in combination with a listview. This option has been removed. Class ui-filterable is used to adjust the style.
  • Added dialog extension for page which simply styles a page as a dialog to replace deprecated dialog widget.
  • Setting data-defaults=”true” will skip checking of data-attributes for widget options

Changes

  • Theming: The theme swatch for pages does no longer default to “c” but “a”. Dialog overlays still default to “a”. The loader theme defaults to “a” instead of “e”. Headers and footers don’t have default “a” anymore but inherit the page theme. Panels no longer default to theme “c” but inherit. List dividers don’t default to “b” but inherit the list theme. Count bubbles in listviews don’t default to “c” anymore, but inherit from the LI/button/divider. Count bubbles in multiple selects always had theme “c” but now always inherit the theme from the button.
  • Button style: We now use the same padding and icon positioning rules for all elements that are styled as button and changed px values to em values.
  • Option mini: We don’t set specific padding values for ui-mini anymore, but only set a smaller font-size. Because we use em values now, the padding will still be adjusted. Instead of data-mini=”true” you can add class ui-mini to a container. Now it’s also very easy to use a media query to only apply the mini size at a certain screen width.
  • Icons: We use :after pseudo element for icons instead of adding a span with class ui-icon. The icon class (ui-icon-[iconname]) is added to the button.
  • data-add-back-btn now set on toolbar not page
  • Listview filter has been replaced by new generic filter widget (“filterable”)
  • Panel: Always scroll to top when opening a panel, unless it’s a fixed panel
  • Count bubbles in listviews and the custom selectmenu button now use body theme.
  • Collapsible: content theme is inherited from container by default and can be set to false to have no theme.
  • Classes “ui-icon-nodisc” and “ui-icon-alt” have been renamed to ui-nodisc-icon and ui-alt-icon, because using the same naming structure as for icon classes (ui-icon-search, ui-icon-delete, etc.) was causing conflicts.
  • Default for panel option theme is now null (inherit) instead of “a”.
  • Widgets outside pages inherited the theme from the overlay but we reverted this change because of conflicts during transitions.
  • Renamed content widget to pagecontainer widget

Removal

  • No generating of inner button markup (.ui-btn-inner and .ui-btn-text) anymore. For linked listviews this means the anchor is now the button and no longer get class .ui-link-inherit.
  • Listviews: We no longer add the classes ui-li-has-arrow (list item).
  • Button: Button elements are no longer wrapped in a div. Inputs type submit and reset used to get class ui-submit on the wrapper div. This has been changed to class ui-input-btn and also applies to input type button. The native input element no longer gets class ui-btn-hidden.
  • Form labels: Labels no longer get a class (they used to get the widget class).
  • Listview: Removed nested listview feature (deprecated in 1.3).
  • Dropped support for IE7 and BB5 (now C-grade)
  • Listviews: List buttons with icons get the ui-btn-icon-right class again.

Deprecation

  • Deprecated auto-enhancement of links and button elements in toolbars, including adding the ui-btn-left/right classes in header.
  • Deprecated class ui-disabled. Use class ui-state-disabled instead.
  • Deprecated class ui-btn-corner-all. One corner class: ui-corner-all (corner radii for buttons have selector .ui-btn.ui-corner-all).
  • Listviews thumbs and icons (small image left): The feature to auto-detect thumbs and icons has been deprecated to improve performance. If a list item (read-only) or button (linked) contains a thumb you have to add class ui-li-has-thumb to the LI. If it contains an icon you have to add ui-li-has-icon to the LI and don’t have to add class ui-li-icon to the image element anymore. Also, the framework doesn’t add class ui-li-thumb anymore in 1.4.
  • Theming inheritance: Deprecated getInheritedTheme(). Theme inheritance is done with CSS now.
  • Deprecated $.fn.mobile.fieldcontain() and data-role=”field-contain”. Just add class “ui-field-contain”.
  • Icon shadow: Deprecated option iconshadow for buttons and select. You can use class ui-shadow-icon on a container or a button (same as ui-icon-alt and ui-icon-nodisc). Also work with listviews, controlgroups, checkbox/radio, etc. that didn’t have option iconshadow.
  • The second pagebeforechange has been replaced with pagebeforetransition. Both will be triggered for compatibility.
  • Deprecated current persistent fixed toolbars in favor of true persistent (outside page)
  • Deprecated current dialog widget. Dialog will is now an option in the page widget data-dialog=”true”.
  • Deprecated current slider and rangeslider widget. We are going to refactor or replace the slider widget in next version.
  • Deprecated input element generation for filter
  • Deprecated filterPlaceholder option for filterable – just provide your own input via the data-input option
  • Deprecated filterTheme option for filterable – just provide your own input via the data-input option
  • Deprecated current behaviour of stripping query strings from hashes. Starting in 1.5 we’ll be following spec on hashes and provide a hook to handle custom navigation.
  • Deprecated reading DOM parameters from buttonMarkup. If you call buttonMarkup, pass buttonMarkup-related options into the function via its options parameter, not via the element that needs to be enhanced.
  • Deprecated calling create to enhance a container or widget $.fn.enhanceWithin() will now be the method to enhance containers
  • Deprecated setContainerBackground and removeContainerBakcground instead set option on content widget
  • Deprecated $.mobile.pageContainer with new content widget there can be more then one page container
  • Deprecated $.mobile.changePage
  • Deprecated $.mobile.loadPage
  • Deprecated degradeInputs option on page will now be global $.mobile.degradeInputs
  • Deprecated keepNativeSelector on page widget and keepNative option on page widget will be replace by $.mobile.keepNative which will just be a string selector
  • Deprecated $.mobile.subPageUrlKey was only used by nested listview which is deprecated
  • Deprecated $.mobile.* for any class options most of these will be removed remaining ones will move to something like $.mobile.classes which will be an object
  • Deprecated $.mobile.minScrollBack any amount of scrolling will be preserved to match native behavior changing default to 0 until 1.5 when it will be removed
  • Deprecated data-role=”content” and option contentTheme (data-theme). This also means that the framework no longer adds ARIA role “main”. Add class ui-content and role=”main” in your markup instead.
  • Deprecated the application of class ui-link to anchors. The CSS now selects anchors directly.
  • Deprecated class ui-li-has-icon (you can override height/width rules to match your image size). We provide class ui-li-thumb to position elements other than img.
  • Deprecated listview option countTheme. As from 1.5 the count bubble will inherit the theme from its container or you can add class ui-body-[a-z] to the ui-li-count element to specify a theme.
  • Deprecated data-role=”collapsible-set” for collapsible set. As of 1.5.0 it will be data-role=”collapsibleset”
  • Deprecated collapsibleset’s behaviour whereby it only enhances children that match the collapsible initSelector. As of 1.5.0 collapsibleset will turn all its children into collapsible widgets.
  • Deprecated auto-hiding of dividers during filtering. As of 1.5.0 divider autohiding is no longer related to whether you’re filtering or not. It is a filtering-independent option of the listview. You must add data-hidedividers=”true” to a listview in order for dividers to be automatically hidden when all the items in the section they designate are hidden/removed.
  • Deprecated class ui-hide-label (was meant to be used with field containers). Basically it negated the effect of field containers so you get the same result by not using field containers and adding class ui-hidden-accessible to the label.
  • Deprecated $.mobile.activePageClass, $.mobile.activeBtnClass, $.mobile.focusClass
  • Deprecated buttonMarkup method
  • Deprecated table-stroke and table-stripe classes
  • Deprecated $.mobile.getDocumentUrl and $.mobile.getDocumentBase – both are available from $.mobile.path (not documented in current API docs)
  • Deprecated $.mobile.activePage. Use the getActivePage method on pagecontainer widget or activePage property (not documented in current API docs)

For a full list of changes see the list of 1.4 fixed tickets on GitHub.

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Announcing jQuery Mobile 1.4.0 Beta

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The jQuery Mobile team is thrilled to announce the 1.4.0 Beta release. First of all, we would like to thank everyone for testing the alpha releases. For this new version of the jQuery Mobile framework we focused on performance improvements, reviewing widgets as well as introduced a new default theme and SVG icons. Some of the new features that come with this release are a flip switch widget, a generic filter widget named “filterable”, popups with arrows, tooltips for sliders and we integrated the tabs widget from jQuery UI.

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Performance

To improve performance we reduced DOM manipulation as much as possible. Generation of inner markup for elements styled as buttons has been completely removed. In many cases, the framework just adds classes to the native element during enhancement and we even reduced the amount of classes that are added by the framework.

Theme inheritance

One of the biggest changes is the way theme inheritance works. In previous versions, we used JavaScript to find the nearest parent element with a theme and added theme classes to all elements. This has been replaced by a pure CSS solution where the level of specificity of the selector determines what theme (swatch) is applied. In almost all cases the default for option theme has been removed and widgets get the same theme as their container or page via CSS.

New default theme

This was also a good time to switch to a new default theme with a flat, more modern, design. The number of swatches has been reduced from five to two; a light “A” swatch and a dark “B” swatch. We will update the ThemeRoller soon so you can create your own themes for 1.4.

SVG icons

Not only the theme is new. A big thank you to Glyphish for creating a complete new icon set for jQuery Mobile! These are vector-based SVG icons, but we included a fallback to external PNG icons on browsers that don’t support inline SVG. We are also going to provide additional stylesheets, each with different icon CSS (inline SVG, data-uri PNG, and external PNG) that can be used with the full Grunticon solution.

Please help us test

In the next few weeks we will be finishing updating the API documentation, demos, ThemeRoller, and create an upgrade guide. What we would love you to do is to please help us by testing the Beta version and reporting issues.

Thank You

We want to say thanks to everyone who contributed. A special thank you to Sven Franck for all the hard work on the new filterable and table widgets!

More than 1,500 commits, many issues fixed, countless improvements made. Here is jQuery Mobile 1.4 Beta!

New features

Alpha 1:

  • Theming: The active and focus styles are now themeable
  • Links: Deprecated class ui-link. One style for links in body and bars (bar link colors were never themeable in ThemeRoller)
  • Controlgroup: Added option theme
  • Popup: New feature popup arrow
  • Slider: New feature slider tooltip
  • Touch events now have teardown methods
  • New option for taphold event $.special.event.tap.emitTapOnTaphold default = true;
  • New widget Toolbar: replaces page.sections (which is removed) and handles all header and footer bars
  • Fixed Toolbars are now an extension on the toolbar widget
  • Toolbars work outside of pages
  • True persistant Toolbars
  • Textinput: added option corners
  • Slider and Rangeslider: added option corners.
  • New set of vector-based icons from Glyphish with fallbacks via Grunticon
  • Base tag support
  • New flip switch widget
  • New filterable widget
  • Integrated UI tabs widget
  • Popup work outside of pages
  • Panel work outside of pages
  • Option wrapperClass to add custom classes to a generated wrapper
  • All widgets (excluding listview, tables, and selectmenu) have options that can be set after the widget has been instantiated
  • All widgets (excluding listview, tables, and selectmenu) have an option named “enhanced” that allows you to provide the markup the widget itself would generate, thus saving startup time
  • Table now also has a rebuild method that makes it possible to dynamically add columns

Alpha 2:

  • Autoinit: Now any widget included in a jquery mobile site will get automatic init by using data-role=”widgetname”
  • $.fn.enhanceWithin() to enhance all content within the selected element
  • Textinput: Option inset was introduced in 1.4.0 Alpha 1 to style the filterable input when used in combination with a listview. This option has been removed. Class ui-filterable is used to adjust the style.
  • Added dialog extension for page which simply styles a page as a dialog to replace deprecated dialog widget.

Beta 1:

  • Setting data-defaults=”true” will skip checking of data-attributes for widget options

Changes

Alpha 1:

  • Theming: The theme swatch for pages does no longer default to “c” but “a”. Dialog overlays still default to “a”. The loader theme defaults to “a” instead of “e”. Headers and footers don’t have default “a” anymore but inherit the page theme. List dividers don’t default to “b” but inherit the list theme. Count bubbles in listviews don’t default to “c” anymore, but inherit from the LI/button/divider. Count bubbles in multiple selects always had theme “c” but now always inherit the theme from the button.
  • Button style: We now use the same padding and icon positioning rules for all elements that are styled as button and changed px values to em values.
  • Option mini: We don’t set specific padding values for ui-mini anymore, but only set a smaller font-size. Because we use em values now, the padding will still be adjusted. Instead of data-mini=”true” you can add class ui-mini to a container. Now it’s also very easy to use a media query to only apply the mini size at a certain screen width.
  • Icons: We use :after pseudo element for icons instead of adding a span with class ui-icon. The icon class (ui-icon-[iconname]) is added to the button.
  • data-add-back-btn now set on toolbar not page
  • Listview filter has been replaced by new generic filter widget (“filterable”)
  • Panel: Always scroll to top when opening a panel, unless it’s a fixed panel

Alpha 2:

  • Count bubbles in listviews and the custom selectmenu button now use body theme.
  • Collapsible: content theme is inherited from container by default and can be set to false to have no theme.

Beta 1:

  • Classes “ui-icon-nodisc” and “ui-icon-alt” have been renamed to ui-nodisc-icon and ui-alt-icon, because using the same naming structure as for icon classes (ui-icon-search, ui-icon-delete, etc.) was causing conflicts.
  • Default for panel option theme is now null (inherit) instead of “a”.
  • Widgets outside pages inherited the theme from the overlay but we reverted this change because of conflicts during transitions. You have to set a theme for widgets outside a page.
  • Renamed content widget to pagecontainer widget

Removal

Alpha 1:

  • No generating of inner button markup (.ui-btn-inner and .ui-btn-text) anymore. For linked listviews this means the anchor is now the button and no longer get class .ui-link-inherit.
  • Listviews: We no longer add the classes ui-li-has-arrow (list item) and ui-btn-icon-right (list button).
  • Button: Button elements are no longer wrapped in a div. Inputs type submit and reset used to get class ui-submit on the wrapper div. This has been changed to class ui-input-btn and also applies to input type button. The native input element no longer gets class ui-btn-hidden.
  • Form labels: Labels no longer get a class (they used to get the widget class).
  • Listview: Removed nested listview feature (deprecated in 1.3).
  • Dropped support for IE7 and BB5 (now C-grade)

Alpha 2:

  • Listviews: List buttons with icons get the ui-btn-icon-right class again.

Deprecation

Alpha 1:

  • Deprecated auto-enhancement of links in toolbars.
  • Deprecated class ui-disabled. Use class ui-state-disabled instead.
  • Deprecated class ui-btn-corner-all. One corner class: ui-corner-all (corner radii for buttons have selector .ui-btn.ui-corner-all).
  • Listviews thumbs and icons (small image left): The feature to auto-detect thumbs and icons has been deprecated to improve performance. If a list item (read-only) or button (linked) contains a thumb you have to add class ui-li-has-thumb to the LI. If it contains an icon you have to add ui-li-has-icon to the LI and don’t have to add class ui-li-icon to the image element anymore. Also, the framework doesn’t add class ui-li-thumb anymore in 1.4.
  • Theming inheritance: Deprecated getInheritedTheme(). Theme inheritance is done with CSS now.
  • Deprecated data-role=”field-contain”. Just add class “ui-field-contain”.
  • Icon shadow: Deprecated option iconshadow for buttons and select. You can use class ui-shadow-icon on a container or a button (same as ui-icon-alt and ui-icon-nodisc). Also work with listviews, controlgroups, checkbox/radio, etc. that didn’t have option iconshadow.
  • The second pagebeforechange has been replaced with pagebeforetransition. Both will be triggered for compatibility
  • Deprecated current persistent fixed toolbars in favor of true persistent (outside page)
  • Deprecated current dialog widget. Dialog will become an option in the page widget.
  • Deprecated current slider widget. We are going to refactor or replace the slider widget in next version.
  • Deprecated input element generation for filter
  • Deprecated filterPlaceholder option for filterable
  • Deprecated current behaviour of stripping query strings from hashes. Starting in 1.5 we’ll be following spec on hashes and provide a hook to handle custom navigation.

Alpha 2:

  • Deprecated reading DOM parameters from buttonMarkup. If you call buttonMarkup, pass buttonMarkup-related options into the function via its options parameter, not via the element that needs to be enhanced.
  • Deprecated calling create to enhance a container or widget $.fn.enhanceWithin() will now be the method to enhance containers
  • Deprecated setContainerBackground and removeContainerBakcground instead set option on content widget
  • Deprecated $.mobile.pageContainer with new content widget there can be more then one page container
  • Deprecated $.mobile.changePage
  • Deprecated $.mobile.loadPage
  • Deprecated degradeInputs option on page will now be global $.mobile.degradeInputs
  • Deprecated keepNativeSelector on page widget and keepNative option on page widget will be replace by $.mobile.keepNative which will just be a string selector
  • Deprecated $.mobile.subPageUrlKey was only used by nested listview which is deprecated
  • Deprecated $.mobile.* for any class options most of these will be removed remaining ones will move to something like $.mobile.classes which will be an object
  • Deprecated $.mobile.minScrollBack any amount of scrolling will be preserved to match native behavior changing default to 0 until 1.5 when it will be removed
  • Deprecated adding aria role and classes to content and use of data-role=content you can add class .ui-content and theme and aria your self
  • Deprecated the application of class ui-link to anchors. The CSS now selects anchors directly.
  • Deprecated class ui-li-has-icon (you can override height/width rules to match your image size). We provide class ui-li-thumb to position elements other than img.
  • Deprecated listview option countTheme. As from 1.5 the count bubble will inherit the theme from its container or you can add class ui-body-[a-z] to the ui-li-count element to specify a theme.

Beta 1:

  • Deprecated class ui-hide-label (was meant to be used with field containers). Basically it negated the effect of field containers so you get the same result by not using field containers and adding class ui-hidden-accessible to the label.
  • Deprecated $.mobile.activePageClass, $.mobile.activeBtnClass, $.mobile.focusClass
  • Deprecated buttonMarkup method
  • Deprecated table-stroke and table-stripe classes
  • Deprecated $.mobile.getDocumentUrl and $.mobile.getDocumentBase – both are available from $.mobile.path
  • Deprecated $.mobile.activePage. Use the getActivePage method on content widget or activePage property

For a full list of changes see the list of 1.4 fixed tickets on GitHub.

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