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16 October
2010
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jQuery Mobile Framework Launched! Alpha 1 RELEASED!

Today, John Resig tweeted the launch of  jQuery Mobile Alpha 1 . It really worth waiting for, after the announcement few months ago. Now mobile development will be on a roller coaster!

Today we’re pleased to announce the first alpha release of the jQuery Mobile project. jQuery Mobile is a user interface framework, built on top of jQuery, designed to simplify the process of building applications that target mobile devices. – John

The interesting part of this FW is that it’s compatible with most/popular devices.

jQuery mobile framework takes the “write less, do more” mantra to the next level: Instead of writing unique apps for each mobile device or OS, the jQuery mobile framework will allow you to design a single highly branded and customized web application that will work on all popular smartphone and tablet platforms

Features include:

Progressive Enhancement

jQuery Mobile is built completely around the principle of progressive enhancement: taking a fully functional HTML web page, layering on additional JavaScript functionality, and giving capable browsers a top-of-the-line experience. This means that your jQuery Mobile application will work in more browsers, guaranteed – even in mobile browsers that don’t support JavaScript (a regular occurrence).

For this first alpha release we’ve managed to cover support for many of the A-Grade browsers that we wish to support (such as iOS devices, Android devices, Blackberry OS 6, webOS, Fennec, and Opera Mobile). There are still bugs on those platforms and a few of the other platforms are failing pretty hard. We’re working to resolve these issues in time for the 1.0 release.

Graceful Degradation

jQuery Mobile uses the very best HTML 5 and CSS 3 features to provide the best possible experience in the most-capable browsers. However we don’t consider this to be an all-or-nothing proposition: Less capable browsers will still receive the best possible experience that their platform can handle. They may not have all the gradients or fancy transitions of the best platforms but they’ll still be highly usable. The most basic browsers will easily degrade back to simplified HTML and CSS.

Accessibility

All jQuery Mobile components are ARIA accessible. They are keyboard navigable (on a desktop computer) and can be navigated using a screen reader. While at this very moment jQuery Mobile is highly targeted at mobile devices we hope to quickly grow the scope of the project to encompass many platforms: mobile, tablets, desktops, and beyond.

Simplicity

jQuery Mobile is completely markup-driven requiring no JavaScript configuration. This makes it incredibly easy to get started: Just open an HTML file, edit its contents, and you’ll have a fully-capable jQuery Mobile application in no time.

File Size

By utilizing the principles of progressive enhancement and leaning heavily on markup-driven configuration the file size of jQuery Mobile remains quite small. The JavaScript for the alpha release is only 12KB and the CSS is a mere 6KB. Very few images are used in the design of the framework (mostly icons) – instead making heavy use of CSS.

Theming

jQuery Mobile has a comprehensive theming structure built from the ground up to enable you to build capable web applications. This goes far beyond the styling system provided by jQuery UI and gives you the ability to truly adapt the styling of your entire application. For the alpha release all theme configuration must be done manually but for the final 1.0 release we’ll be providing a complete Themeroller tool for theming your application.

App-Capable

The usefulness of jQuery Mobile goes far beyond making impressive mobile web applications – you can also use it to build apps that can be purchased and deployed through an app store. We strongly recommend using PhoneGap as it gives you the full tools you need to deploy HTML/CSS/JavaScript applications to a mobile device.

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