Every now and then a web project will come up that has special and unique layout requirements, and the current capabilities of CSS just aren’t enough. With projects such as these, jQuery can be your best friend. So here are 10 jQuery plugins to help you out with page layouts.
The UI.Layout plug-in can create any UI look you want – from simple headers or sidebars, to a complex application with toolbars, menus, help-panels, status bars, sub-forms, etc.
This plugin let’s you build full featured and fully skinnable containers. The container can be set to draggable, resizable, collapsable and minimizable.
The project aims at providing web designers with a way to use the W3’s CSS Template Layout Module today. As a jQuery plug-in, the script parses a given set of CSS rules and displays the content as indicated in the specification. Options include the ability to select the CSS parsed, as well as an optional prefix to use for the CSS rules. Specifying a prefix allows style rules that are interoperable with a possible future browser implementations.
Masonry is a layout plugin for jQuery. Think of it as the flip side of CSS floats. Whereas floating arranges elements horizontally then vertically, Masonry arranges elements vertically then horizontally according to a grid. The result minimizes vertical gaps between elements of varying height, just like a mason fitting stones in a wall.
Columnizer will automatically layout your content in newspaper column format. You can specify either column width or a static number of columns.
jQSlickWrap forces text to wrap around the contents of an image, not just its bounding box as it does when you use a float with CSS.
Equal Heights loops through the top-level child nodes of a specified element and sets their min-height values to that of the tallest.
js-columns is designed to help with the creation of newspaper-style column layouts in HTML. While CSS3 has a variety of column-style properties, these are not yet widely implemented, and none help with the creation of page-based layouts.
jQuery Columnize allows you to create a newspaper-like column layout.
jLayout provides four layout algorithms for laying out HTML elements in web pages. This plugin allows you to lay out your elements with as little code as possible, and behaves correctly when used with margins, padding and borders.
Thanks, useful post.
These are great – I know of at least two of these that I’ll be trying out immediately. Thanks for the inspiration.
Masonry is very useful! Thanks for the list.
This can really speed up the job of creating awesome-looking layouts.
Very nice list. Thanks, just learning css3
Nice collection. I think I should test some of these plugins 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
that’s the stupiest comment i’ve seen in a long time. get a book on progressive enhancement.
Yes, I agree. That comment is pretty stupie.
It’s the same mentality that uses Java over C++. Make life easy for the developer and make the end user pay in extra processing every time they use the app.
Thank you for sharing, it’s a very useful list!
Nice List! I am going to try all these one by one 🙂
very useful plugins for webmasters, thanks for sharing. 🙂
I tend to stay away from doing layout with JS, but Masonry rocks. Definitely very useful.
Thanks for sharing !
will give it a try very soon 🙂
great ! thanks for sharing, been looking for some of em for a long time!
Awesome. I especially like the UI.Layout. Tested the layouts on the fly using htmlinstant.com and they looked good.
You can also have a look at http://ajaxtown.com
It has a Layout Plugin which can creates 1-2-3 column layouts along with preloading option. easy to implement.