Jquery – ASP.NET MVC modal dialog/popup best practice

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I am looking for the most standard way to achieve modal dialogs in ASP.NET MVC.

An example of what I am trying to do is when I select an item from my "list" page, I want the "details" page to be a popup over the list and NOT a new page. I'm not looking for a hack. I want it to be a solution that follows the ASP.NET MVC pattern. I would also prefer not stepping outside jQuery and ASP.NET Ajax (no plugins UNLESS it is emerging as a best practice).

Best Solution

The jQuery UI library has a dialog widget that I use for things like this. While it's a plugin, IMO, the best practice is simply not rolling your own dialog widget.

http://jqueryui.com/demos/dialog/