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jQuery UI Theme Selector

Hi Everyone,

I figured this might be worth sharing, for anyone who's ever been interested in changing themes on-the-fly for a page.

What drove this demo was a desire to change themes with a simple menu selection. That led me down the path of trying to mess around with document.styleSheets, or other voodoo techniques; but, it turns out, it's a rather simple process to load an AJAX response into a style tag before the main content (at the top of body or bottom of head).

It's worth mentioning that I was unable to get jQuery icons to work - they don't like being AJAX'ed in, apparently. So, I'm using Font Awesome icons for each theme change - just the left and right arrows on the calendar.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to post it below. I enjoy the interaction.

The Demo

All the best,


1 Answer

Justin Iezzi
Justin Iezzi
18,199 Points

Very cool, favorited it! I've wondered before how this was done, this is a great example to learn from.

Super tiny nitpick -

.ui-datepicker-prev {
  cursor: pointer;

*Edited for a little better coverage over the buttons. Thanks for sharing!

Hey Justin,

Glad you liked it! I'm really bummed that I can't figure out a way to access the icons, so I scrapped them and cleaned up the code. Also, I went ahead and tested it locally, spinning up a server. By doing this, I can access the icons and it looks great.

Justin Iezzi
Justin Iezzi
18,199 Points

If it works on an actual server environment over codepen, then that sounds like a proper solution to me. Glad you got it working!