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Chapter 7Forms, Controls, and Dialogs

In its infancy, the Web was a read-only medium. But early web developers wanted more; specifically, they didn’t just want people to read their web pages about their cats—they wanted them to sign their guest books and tell them how great their cats were. HTML forms gave us a feedback mechanism that would eventually give rise to the complex web-based applications we have today. JavaScript stepped in to help simple HTML form elements emulate many of the interactive input controls found in desktop applications, but the code has often been unwieldy. jQuery allows us to simplify control creation and concentrate on turning our ideas into functioning controls quickly and elegantly. And it’s lucky for us that it’s ...

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