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Bug 7406 - Layout system for HTML
Summary: Layout system for HTML
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: pre-LC1 HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson) (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Windows XP
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Keywords: NoReply
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-08-24 03:02 UTC by Luismahou
Modified: 2010-10-04 14:56 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description Luismahou 2009-08-24 03:02:42 UTC

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 ( or GWT ( 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,
Comment 1 Cameron McCormack 2009-08-24 03:06:35 UTC
Various CSS specs will probably solve this:
Comment 2 Anne 2009-09-09 20:46:50 UTC
The proper place is
Comment 3 Maciej Stachowiak 2010-03-14 14:49:58 UTC
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