SharePoint 2010 has fluent User Interface which allows user to navigate easily. Also Fluent interface avoids post back in the web pages. It has a consistent UI framework to navigate between the pages and toolbars. One of the enhancement which SharePoint 2010 provides is the dialog box. Dialog box are widely used in windows application initially. The SharePoint 2010 dialog boxes also has the callback delegates. Based on the user action the callback function can be fired.
Creating dialog box in SharePoint pages
1. Use the Visual Studio to create a SharePoint Application Page
2. SharePoint 2010 has a js object model built in with it. TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS\SP.js file is the key for all the js api.
3. The js object model consist of a function called Create_DialogOptions. This function is used to create a dialog box
var options = SP.UI.$create_DialogOptions();
options.url = "/_layouts/MyPage.aspx";
options.width = 300;
options.height = 300;
options.dialogReturnvalueCallback = Function.createDelegate(null,MyCallBack);
the url property of the dialog options can be any page which shows the content. It can be even a html page which just displays the content.