The future of Ajax
[2008-12-21] gwt, dev, webdev
GUI layout in Ajax goes like this: You are fine as long as long as you have absolute values (“this sidebar is 300 pixels wide” etc.), but when it comes to relative sizing (“I want the toolbar to be as small as possible and the content to take up the remaining space”) one is in for a world of pain. After having spent way too much time in that world recently, I wondered when web browsers are finally going to implement better layout features. After all, this problem has been largely solved (really nice layout managers for Java are JGoodies Forms
and MiG Layout
). Here is what I found:
- The OpenAjax Alliance has voted on a browser wishlist that includes a lot of interesting details. This wishlist is supposed to guide browser vendors towards features that make sense for the Ajax community. Not suprisingly, layout issues rank high on that list.
- The Future of CSS and the end of 3.0: This article is almost one and a half years old, but it still rings very true to me.
The browser wishlist entry “Better UI Layout
” links to a css-flexbox proposal that borrows layout ideas from XUL.