jQuery 1.2.4 is scheduled for release in mid-May. It will include the Dimensions plugin as part of jQuery Core. This popular plugin provides cross-browser compatible methods of dealing with the dimensions of page elements. jQuery 1.2.4 will also include speed optimizations for event handling methods. John Resig reports that drag-and-drop operations are now 3x faster in the new version. jQuery 1.3 is the next planned for this summer and will include speed improvements to the Selector Engine and DOM Manipulation. The jQuery project is also planning a live conference for this fall.jQuery UI 1.5
- Speed improvements are coming in two commonly used methods: getElementsByClassName() in Firefox 3 and Safari and querySelectorAll() in Safari, Opera, and IE 8 and Firefox.
- CSS 3 is coming to fruition and browsers are finally getting solid implementations of its feature set.
- postMessage() from HTML 5 specification will allow users to communicate across domains to allow for secure cross domain communications.
- Function.prototype.bind() will provide built in language support for binding functions with objects.
- ISO Date() parsing will provide a cleaner way to deal with dates that works on both the browser and the server.