Creating popup menus in JQuery Mobile is not quite simple. I am talking about menu that you might want to display when user clicks on, for example, a list item or a button. Refer to JQuery Mobile documents for select menus and custom menus . These menus are actually drop down lists and in all the cases, the menu has to be already visible.
However this is not what I wanted in my mobile apps. I do not want menu to be visible initially, but want to display it when user clicks on a button on a list item. So I started investigating how this could be done. As it turned out, the menu that JQuery Mobile shows (when nativeMenu attribute is set to false), is different from the select tags that you create for the menu. JQM hides the menu that you create and creates a new (wrapper) menu using div and anchor tags. Option tags become anchor tags in the new menu. This is all fine, but the problem is that JQM does not have any direct APIs to access elements of the new menu. This makes it difficult to attach event handlers to menu options.