#383 – The Problems with Coordinate-Based Layout

WPF uses flow-based layout by default (e.g. StackPanel and Grid containers), with coordinate-based layout as an option (e.g. Canvas).

At first glance, coordinate-based layout seems easier.  You can position and size every control exactly how you want it to look.  Flow-based layout can be a little frustrating, as you try to get a container to organize its child controls the way that you want.

But coordinate-based layout has some limitations:

  • Controls look different, depending on the resolution of the display device (e.g. get smaller on higher DPI devices)
  • If you allow resizing a window or any area within a GUI (e.g. with a splitter) you have to do a lot of work to resize or reposition the controls as the container changes size
  • Controls don’t automatically resize or re-position to fit their content
  • Controls don’t automatically resize or re-position to accommodate non-English text

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Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

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