Depreciated use of unsupported magic jQueryUI widgets (Dialogue, Draggable, Resizable, Sortable, Accordion and Tabs)

by | Oct 12, 2017 | Canvas updates

Many advanced users have been leveraging undocumented and unsupported functionality within Canvas by hijacking their UI widgets to style content added into Canvas. Have a look at “Using jQuery without Custom JavaScript” for more information on the widgets and examples of their use.

Canvas makes jQueryUI widgets out of rich content that has the following class names: .dialogue, .draggable, .resizable, .sortable, .accordion, .tabs.

Canvas is moving away from jQueryUI for their own widgets and this behaviour will go away. As announced in Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-06-24), accordion widgets are no longer supported as a jQueryUI component.

While planning your course content for 2018 offerings, do keep in mind, UI widgets listed above will no longer be available, at various points through the year. Please refrain from making use of these in your course resources.

The temporary fix for accordions that has been put in place this year to allow for courses to complete their course delivery, will no longer be available next year as it has a detrimental effect across the load time of all courses in Canvas, regardless of the function being used.

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