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CSS Layout: Soon Good Enough for GUIs

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CSS Layout: Soon Good Enough for GUIs

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One of the sore points of Ajax has always been layout: CSS is great for document layout, but sucks at GUI layout. Where Java layout managers such as the grid-based JGoodies FormLayout (PDF) work really well and can do things such as “make this grid cell as narrow as the content allows”, CSS currently needs absolute length specifications.

Furthermore, letting an element fill out all of the available space is really tricky, especially when done vertically. Thus it is no wonder that layout was ranked high on the OpenAjax browser wish list. Thankfully, the W3C is hard at work at fixing this problem and it seems that all the major browser vendors are on board (if you look at the editors).


According to my sources, the W3C will try to consolidate these three proposals as much as possible, but might have to keep two, because GUI applications and document layout have such different requirements.

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