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Great job on your alterations - that should help people stumbling across this bug report understand what's happening when their images suddenly update.
There is, though, some ambiguity in this topic. No matter what you do, the image is going to suddenly change. Fading an image from one to another, as I'm sure you've done, is an entirely different process all together.
While I can totally see why this feature would be helpful for you in your application, I don't think it has a place in jQuery UI. It's a chunk of code that still presents the same core problem: the style can't be animated.
But, because you've posted your fix, others who have an application specific need for this can benefit, so again: thank you.