Alexey Yakubovich

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The latest trend in information portals and Web applications has been to build complex Web pages. To present large amounts of information and functionality without compromising usability, designers have imposed a clear structure by grouping related elements together. Such cohesive, visually distinct constructs, or compartments, often with their own presentation logic, have become an essential feature of complex Web applications. The first half of this article introduces the notion of compartments as a fundamental concept that pervades the layers of many Web applications and stages in their lifecycle. It defines compartments and analyzes their structure and key characteristics. Then it will examine the existing presentation layer technologies for building compartmentalized appli-cations and demonstrate their weaknesses. The second half of the article proposes an arch... (more)