5.8.1 Advantages of the Universal Theme

Universal Theme - 42 (Universal Theme) features responsive design, a versatile user interface, and easy customization and enables developers to build modern web applications without requiring extensive knowledge of HTML, CSS, or JavaScript.

Key advantages of the Universal Theme include:

  • Responsive Design - Designed to work just as well on small screen devices (such as smartphones and tablets) as it does on larger screen devices (including laptops and desktops) by responding automatically to the dimensions of the screen on which it is running. The UI components in Universal Theme work across varying screen resolutions while maintaining the same or similar functionality. In addition, Universal Theme takes full advantage of ultra high screen resolutions by utilizing vector graphics where possible, and relying upon CSS3 features for UI styling.

  • Versatile User Interface - Provides all the components and building blocks necessary to build practically any type of business application user interface.


    To browse all of the components provided with Universal Theme, run the Universal Theme Reference app. From the Main Navigation menu, select Components.
  • Easy Customization - Effortlessly customize and fully control the look and feel of your applications without becoming an expert in UI design, HTML, CSS, or JavaScript. Using Theme Roller and Template Options, you can easily customize your application to fit your company's brand and customize the look and feel of various components using Template Options. 

About Migrating Existing jQuery Mobile Apps to the Universal Theme

jQuery Mobile and the jQuery Mobile User Interface used in previous releases has been desupported. If you have an existing mobile application that uses the jQuery Mobile User Interface, you must migrate your existing application to the Universal Theme.


To learn more about migrating existing applications to the Universal Theme, run the Universal Theme Reference app. From the Main Navigation menu, select Reference and then Migration Guide.