jQuery UI Dialog Box - does not open after being closed

I have a problem with the jquery-ui dialog box.

The problem is that when I close the dialog box and then I click on the link that triggers it, it does not pop-up again unless I refresh the page.

How can I call the dialog box back without refreshing the actual page.

Below is my code:

$(document).ready(function() {
    $('#showTerms').click(function()
    {
        $('#terms').css('display','inline');
        $('#terms').dialog({
            resizable: false,
            modal: true,
            width: 400,
            height: 450,
            overlay: { backgroundColor: "#000", opacity: 0.5 },
            buttons:{ "Close": function() { $(this).dialog("close"); } },
            close: function(ev, ui) { $(this).remove(); },
    }); 
});

Thanks

Answers:

Answer

You're actually supposed to use $("#terms").dialog({ autoOpen: false }); to initialize it. Then you can use $('#terms').dialog('open'); to open the dialog, and $('#terms').dialog('close'); to close it.

Answer

Hi Guys I managed to solve it.

I used destroy instead close function (It doesn't make any sense) but it worked!

$(document).ready(function() {
$('#showTerms').click(function()
{
    $('#terms').css('display','inline');
    $('#terms').dialog({resizable: false,
        modal: true,
        width: 400,
        height: 450,
        overlay: { backgroundColor: "#000", opacity: 0.5 },
        buttons:{ "Close": function() { $(this).dialog('**destroy**'); } },
        close: function(ev, ui) { $(this).close(); },
    });         
});   
$('#form1 input#calendarTEST').datepicker({ dateFormat: 'MM d, yy' });
});
Answer

on the last line, don't use $(this).remove() use $(this).hide() instead.

EDIT: To clarify,on the close click event you're removing the #terms div from the DOM which is why its not coming back. You just need to hide it instead.

Answer

I believe you can only initialize the dialog one time. The example above is trying to initialize the dialog every time #terms is clicked. This will cause problems. Instead, the initialization should occur outside of the click event. Your example should probably look something like this:

$(document).ready(function() {
    // dialog init
    $('#terms').dialog({
        autoOpen: false,
        resizable: false,
        modal: true,
        width: 400,
        height: 450,
        overlay: { backgroundColor: "#000", opacity: 0.5 },
        buttons: { "Close": function() { $(this).dialog('close'); } },
        close: function(ev, ui) { $(this).close(); }
    });
    // click event
    $('#showTerms').click(function(){
        $('#terms').dialog('open').css('display','inline');      
    });
    // date picker
    $('#form1 input#calendarTEST').datepicker({ dateFormat: 'MM d, yy' });
});

I'm thinking that once you clear that up, it should fix the 'open from link' issue you described.

Answer

For me this approach works:

The dialog may be closed by clicking the X on the dialog or by clicking 'Bewaren'. I'm adding an (arbitrary) id because I need to be sure every bit of html added to the dom is removed afterwards.

$('<div id="dossier_edit_form_tmp_id">').html(data.form)
.data('dossier_id',dossier_id)
.dialog({
        title: 'Opdracht wijzigen',
        show: 'clip',
        hide: 'clip',
        minWidth: 520,
        width: 520,
        modal: true,
        buttons: { 'Bewaren': dossier_edit_form_opslaan },
        close: function(event, ui){ 
                                  $(this).dialog('destroy'); 
                                  $('#dossier_edit_form_tmp_id').remove();
               }
});
Answer
 <button onClick="abrirOpen()">Open Dialog</button>

<script type="text/javascript">
var $dialogo = $("<div></div>").html("Aqui tu contenido(here your content)").dialog({
       title: "Dialogo de UI",
       autoOpen: false,
       close: function(ev, ui){
               $(this).dialog("destroy");
       }
 function abrirOpen(){
       $dialogo.dialog("open");
 }
});

//**Esto funciona para mi... (this works for me)**
</script>
Answer

This is a super old thread but since the answer even says "It doesn't make any sense", I thought I'd add the answer...

The original post used $(this).remove(); in the close handler, this would actually remove the dialog div from the DOM. Attempting to initialize a dialog again wouldn't work because the div was removed.

Using $(this).dialog('destroy') is calling the method destroy defined in the dialog object which does not remove it from the DOM.

From the documentation:

destroy()

Removes the dialog functionality completely. This will return the element back to its >>pre-init state. This method does not accept any arguments.

That said, only destroy or remove on close if you have a good reason to.

Answer
$(this).dialog('destroy');

works!

Answer

.close() is mor general and can be used in reference to more objects. .dialog('close') can only be used with dialogs

Answer

I use the dialog as an dialog file browser and uploader then I rewrite the code like this

var dialog1 = $("#dialog").dialog({ 
              autoOpen: false, 
              height: 480, 
              width: 640 
}); 
$('#tikla').click(function() {  
    dialog1.load('./browser.php').dialog('open');
});   

everything seems to work great.

Answer

The jQuery documentation has a link to this article 'Basic usage of the jQuery UI dialog' that explains this situation and how to resolve it.

Answer

I had the same problem with jquery-ui overlay dialog box - it would work only once and then stop unless i reload the page. I found the answer in one of their examples -
Multiple overlays on a same page
flowplayer_tools_multiple_open_close
- who would have though, right?? :-) -

the important setting appeared to be

oneInstance: false

so, now i have it like this -

$(document).ready(function() {

 var overlays = null;

 overlays = jQuery("a[rel]");

 for (var n = 0; n < overlays.length; n++) {

    $(overlays[n]).overlay({
        oneInstance: false, 
        mask: '#669966',
        effect: 'apple',
        onBeforeLoad: function() {
            overlay_before_load(this);
        }
    });

  }

}

and everything works just fine

hope this helps somebody

O.

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