- Lightweight - tested and working on a laptop with a mobile Pentium 3 CPU running Chromium.
- Resizable - windows can be set to be resizable or fixed-size. When set to be resizable, a minimum and maximum size can be configured per window.
- CSS-powered image-less design - JSDE was made to work without the use of any images. The entire base design is made using CSS (3). The only image in the demo is the background picture.
- Intuitive - easy for end-users.
The current version has some serious limitations, simply due to not being finished yet - for example, there are no close buttons yet, and moving windows between workspaces is not yet possible. These limitations, however, will be overcome in future versions.
The following are known bugs that will be fixed in the next version(s). If you find a bug that is not listed here, then PM joepie91 on IRC with an explanation of what went wrong, when it happened, and what version you are using (the current version is 0.2.1).
In some versions of Firefox, you will select elements on the page when you try to drag or resize windows. This is due to Firefox not using the same event names as some other browsers, and will be fixed in the next version.Fixed in 0.2.1.
The current version of JSDE is in a usable state, however some important functions are still missing. Also read the section on Future Support for instructions on proper implementation that will not break when the framework is updated. It is currently NOT recommended to use JSDE for large-scale applications unless you are willing to mess around with the code if it breaks.
It is possible to already use the current version of JSDE and simply plug in future updates. Functionality that is present in the current version should not break in future updates. The 'functional' and 'styling' parts of the CSS have been split up into base.css and style.css. In the future, it should be possible to simply plug in a new base.css, leave your custom style.css intact, and have the entire framework still be functional without losing your custom style. For this reason, you should do all custom styling in style.css. The aim is infinite backwards support, so that it would technically be possible to update from any version to any later version without breaking an application. Be aware that 'manual hacks' such as implementing titlebar buttons yourself, may break compatibility in the future. This 'compatibility guarantee' only goes for functions introduced by JSDE itself.
A functional demo can be found at http://www.cryto.net/jsde/demo/.
JSDE is licensed under the WTFPL, and as such can be used freely without the need for explicit permission, and free of royalties or licensing costs. It can be used for both commercial and non-commercial applications, and attribution is not required. In other words: you can do with it whatever the fuck you want to.
The latest version (0.2.1) can be downloaded here: jsde-2011-10-26-04-01-51.tar.gz
0.2.1 - October 26, 2011
- Added close buttons to windows.
- Now uses a font from Google Web Fonts for consistent display across operating systems.
- Bug fix: All browsers including Firefox now prevent selection during dragging.
- 0.2: jsde-0.2.tar.gz