The Path to 1.1

Just a quick update so that everyone knows what’s going on: The jQuery Dev Team is currently working on the upcoming 1.1 release of jQuery. So SVN is going to be changing rather significantly during the next couple weeks. Here’s the current game plan:

  • jQuery 1.1a January 7th – A quick alpha release to help everyone test their code and get it moved over to the upcoming 1.1 release.
  • jQuery 1.1 January 14th – This will be the official release, to coincide with jQuery’s 1 year anniversary.

It’s important to note that jQuery 1.1 will not be backwards compatible with 1.0. The changes will occur in different ways, but so far, this is what is planned to change:

  • Methods like .oneclick() and .unclick() will be going away in favor of .one(”click”) (new) and .unbind(”click”). We found that these methods weren’t used enough to warrant the 70+ API entries that they required.
  • Selectors :nth-child(), :gt(), :lt(), and :eq() will all be starting count at 1 instead of 0, in line with the CSS specification. (This is a bug fix, but causes an incidental API change)
  • Some CSS helper methods are going away, like: .color() and .background(). You should start moving over to using .css(”color”) and .css(”background”) instead.
  • Some attribute helper methods like .title() and .rel() are going away. You should start using .attr(”title”) and .attr(”rel”) instead.

A lot of this is being done to help reduce the magnitude of methods that are included in the jQuery API. Having 70+ less entries will significantly reduce the size of the documentation, along with making it easier to maintain and read.

If you’re interested in the direction that the jQuery code base is heading in, please feel free to subscribe to the jQuery Dev Mailing List where the jQuery Dev Team discusses all of these issues in depth.

Update: I forgot to mention that there will be a compatibility plugin that’ll help you transition over to jQuery 1.1. This way, you can continue to use .oneclick() (and all the other methods) into the foreseeable future (even though it may not be in the jQuery core).

Posted: December 27th, 2006


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