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Creating the layout

Any web site has a layout. Layouts can be created with HTML tables, divs and with CSS with Javascript tricks. Prime Faces provides out of the box support for border layout. A border layout typically has 5 parts as shown below


This border layout works well for most websites. Prime faces border layout can be either applied to a full page or a specific element. It can respond to expand, collapse, close and resize events of each layout unit with ajax listeners. Let us create a full page layout for a simple shopping cart application similar to OSCOMMERCE -

The listing below shows the modified home.xhtml code.

Listing 1 – home.xhtml

<html xmlns=""

<f:view contentType="text/html">

<title>Simple Store - Home</title>

<link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet"
href="#{request.contextPath}/themes/cupertino/skin.css" />



<p:layout fullPage="true">
<p:layoutUnit position="top" header="TOP" height="80">
<h:outputText value="Top content." />
<p:layoutUnit position="bottom" header="BOTTOM" height="100">
<h:outputText value="Bottom content." />
<p:layoutUnit position="left" header="LEFT" width="300">
<h:outputText value="Left content" />
<p:layoutUnit position="right" header="RIGHT" width="200">
<h:outputText value="Right Content" />
<p:layoutUnit position="center" header="CENTER">
<h:outputText value="Center Content" />



You can now see the home page layout as shown in figure below:

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