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For the last few weeks I have both been very ill and working hard on a new development at Pure360. It’s meant that even with good intentions, I have been unable to post as much as I had intended.

At the end of January I attended a workshop day on CSS3 which was hosted by Richard (Clagnut) Rutter and Natalie (NatBat) Downe of Clearleft. I would like to start off by stating that I would give a limb to work with these people. My impressions of Clearleft before attending the workshop were that of a group of individuals who all aspired to be great in their field. On completing the workshop my opinion was of a group not only who aspired to be the best, but were in fact steering the ship.

Both Rich and Nat provided an incredible experience in terms of the subject matter, working (and not working) examples, exercises and debate. Clearleft put together incredible workshops, providing resourceful classroom materials, the facilities were amazing with tea/coffee pastries in the morning before the session started where I was even greeted by the Jeremy Keith who I think may have been around just to snoop, a fantastic assortment of sandwiches and wraps for lunch and each desk littered with good old dev/designer brain food, or haribo, chocolate and jelly babies as the common man may know them. There was even fresh fruit and more chocolate for the final break with a trip to the pub to finish off the day.

It was great to meet up with the people who had travelled in from Europe to attend solely on the reputation that Clearleft holds, truly eye opening in many different ways.

If it wasn’t for the fact that the CSS3 workshop bankrupted me for a good couple of months I would be booking up to attend the HTML5 workshop at the end of April along with the UI seminar in June. It’ll have to wait another year.

Workshops with Clearleft

In the last few weeksjQuery UI V1.8a has been released to coincide with the latest jQuery 1.4release.

While on the surface it would seem like only two new widgets have been introduced, what they do is, as it always is with jQuery, staggering.

Autocomplete

A common tool that can often been exhaustive to code up, autocomplete is bound to make many people very happy by applying a simple jQuery tag to a given input field.

It’s options set allows for a set of tags to be defined, this could easily be applied to an ajax function to query a database or xml feed.

Buttons

Quite how nobody has put this together in such a big a way is a mystery. Sooner than you think you will be questioning how you ever developed interfaces without this.

Buttons allows you to morph common form elements into stylish looking button controls. this is not limited to the de-facto <button> tag either. Assign the button function to form buttons, submit buttons, anchors, radios, checkboxes, even select boxes to create multiple value drop menus. This one will be a huge asset to most peoples UI toolbox.

This does require slightly more markup than most jQuery widgets, but the time saved in building these components is going to be quite expansive.

Useful information over on Johnny Holland today, particularly the importance of we not I when it comes to design and story telling.

It was quiet last week as prototyping and structuring the development schedule became of the upmost importance, but I will be writing up on some things we have been looking at in the next week.