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[Bug 7406] New: Layout system for HTML

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Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 03:02:42 +0000
To: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-7406-2486@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=7406

           Summary: Layout system for HTML
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec proposals
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: luismahou@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: ian@hixie.ch, mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org


Hello,

I'm not sure if this is the way to create suggestions. If I'm wrong, please
redirect me to the proper place.

Due to the growing interest in creating RIAs, and the complexities of
developing the UI of such applications, I think that it's time to introduce the
concept of layouts, which IMHO had played a really good role in the development
of desktop apps.

We can see that many web frameworks/libraries provides the concept of layout.
Good examples are Yahoo UI (http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/layout/#layouts) or
GWT (http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/doc/1.6/DevGuideUserInterface.html).
That make me think that it would be nice if this feature were included OOTB in
browsers.

Probably, the best way to introduce layouts in HTML, would be creating two
simple properties in a CSS style rule:
.myparentclass {
  layout: BorderLayout;
}
.mychildclass {
  layoutData: west | east | center | etc.;
}

The "layout" will define how boundaries of child elements are going to be
treated, and "layoutData" will provide extra parameters to laid out this child
element.

I hope you find interesting this idea. If you need a more developed
explanation, please don't hesitate to contact me, although I think the layout
concept is well known.

Kind regards,
Luisma


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