I have a web application that will require lots of form elements (input boxes, drop-down lists, textareas, etc). It will be programmed on a J2EE platform with JSP, servlets, EJB.
However, I am reticent to use a straight DHTML front-end because the form elements will be rendered differently on each browser/platform. An input box with width=20 could be 50 pixels on one brower/platform, 25 on the next, and 55 on another. This makes designing pages with lots of form elements problematic, unless each element is placed on a separate line (which would take up too much space and not look very nice).
I know that Flash 5 allows for exact size, color, etc. for form elements. In sample pages these perform very well and can even scale to the browser window size. However, using LoadVariablesNum and other methods for database connectivity within Flash 5 is not the best. I'm not sure how well a large-scale application could be developed with a Flash front-end.
Has anyone had experience with this issue? What are my other options? I have seen, for instance, a web application from WindowOnWallStreet that was developed with ActiveX, I believe. Java applets also use the browser/platform form elements too, unless Java provides other options that I am not aware of.
Any examples of well-programmed/designed web applications with lots of form elements would be appreciated! Thanks for your assistance!!
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