We’re continually improving and upgrading our most popular widget and in our R1 2017 release the Grid widget now supports setting the minimum width for a given column, which prevents a user from resizing a column smaller than its minimum width setting. In addition, we’ve added the ability to set the initial sort direction for a column which defines the sort direction for the first click on the column header.
The spreadsheet widget now supports a number of additional events including adding, deleting, showing and hiding rows and columns, adding and deleting sheets, and changing the selected cells. Further enhancements include the customization of the context menu, supporting a default cell style, importing and exporting Excel validation rules and more.
The R1 2017 release of Kendo UI is fully compatible with jQuery 3, though Kendo UI still ships with jQuery 1.12.3. Review the jQuery 3 release announcement before migrating to jQuery 3 as there are several breaking changes, most notably, changes to the Deferred object to improve its compatibility with the Promise/A+ proposal.
In the R1 2017 release the icons in all Kendo UI widgets are using font-based icons. Compared to sprites, font icons are resolution independent which means your applications look crispier on high DPI displays.
The R1 2017 release introduces a second Sass-based version of the Kendo UI default theme. This new theme is the default theme used in Kendo UI for Angular and it has been fully adapted to Kendo UI for jQuery. You can check it out in the demos.
In addition to the default theme, we also introduced the Bootstrap 4 theme which uses the variables from Bootstrap 4 to achieve the same appearance and size.
Starting with the R1 2017 release, we’re publishing Kendo UI as NPM package on our private NPM registry. Don’t worry though, we will continue supporting the git distribution model.
The R1 2017 release no longer supports Internet Explorer 8. We recommend using the 2016 releases if you need to support Internet Explorer 8.
The PanelBar widget, ideal for presenting information in a limited amount of space via collapsible panels, now supports binding to HierarchicalDataSource just like the TreeView.
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