Tag Name: <af:panelGroupLayout>
Java Class:
Component Type: oracle.adf.RichPanelGroupLayout
The panelGroupLayout control is a layout element that arranges its children in one of a few simple patterns. Each pair of adjacent children will be separated by an optional separator child. It can lay out children consecutively (wrapping as needed), or in a single horizontal line, or vertically.

Note about stretching layouts and flowing/scrolling layouts:

With today's web browsers, it is not reliable to have vertically-stretched content inside of areas that also have scroll bars. If you want the outer areas of your page structure to stretch, you need to be careful of how you assemble your component tree.
  • First, build up a structure of stretchable components (using panelSplitters and panelStretchLayouts).
  • Second, inside of this structure, create islands of non-stretched content. These islands should be rooted with panelGroupLayouts with layout="scroll". This is an ideal component because it can be stretched and does not stretch its children--which likely don't support being stretched anyway.
Rules of thumb:
  1. Never place a scrolling panelGroupLayout inside of another scrolling panelGroupLayout since users do not like nested scroll bars.
  2. Never specify percentage heights in any component's inlineStyle attribute.
  3. Never use the "position" style in any component's inlineStyle attribute.
  4. Unless you are using fixed pixel heights on them, you would never place a panelSplitter or panelStretchLayout inside of any panelGroupLayout regardless of what you have set its layout attribute to.
If you believe that you need to break one of these rules, this is an indication that your page structure is not following the page structure guidelines and you will likely have troubles getting your application to render consistently across various web browsers and computing platforms.
  • For specific details of about component stretching, please see the "geometry management" section in the tag documentation of each component.
  • See the demo application for real world layout examples that you can use as a starting point in your application. A good starting point is the "Layout Basics" page listed under the "Framework Features" tab of the demo application.

You may also alternatively place a facetRef, iterator, or switcher inside of the panelGroupLayout and their resolved children will be treated as if they were direct children of the panelGroupLayout. If you don't want this behavior, you may wrap the children you want to be grouped in a group component.

Geometry Management

  • This component can be stretched by a parent layout component that stretches its children, e.g. panelStretchLayout if:
    • layout="scroll"
    • layout="vertical"
  • This component cannot be stretched by a parent layout component that stretches its children if:
    • layout="default"
    • layout="horizontal"
  • This component does not stretch its children.


panelGroupLayout screenshot
A panelGroupLayout component with horizontal layout.

Code Example(s)

<af:panelGroupLayout layout="horizontal" id="pgl1">
  <f:facet name="separator">
    <af:spacer width="10" height="1" id="s1"/>
  <af:link text="oracle1" destination="" id="gl1"/>
  <af:link text="oracle2" destination="" id="gl2"/>
  <af:link text="oracle3" destination="" id="gl3"/>

Supported Client Events for Client Behaviors

  • click
  • contextMenu
  • dblClick
  • mouseDown
  • mouseMove
  • mouseOut
  • mouseOver
  • mouseUp
  • propertyChange (default)


Type Phases Description
org.apache.myfaces.trinidad.event.AttributeChangeEvent Invoke Application,
Apply Request Values
Event delivered to describe an attribute change. Attribute change events are not delivered for any programmatic change to a property. They are only delivered when a renderer changes a property without the application's specific request. An example of an attribute change event might include the width of a column that supported client-side resizing.

Supported Facets

Name Description
separator Content to be rendered once between each of the other children. In JSP pages, only one component is allowed. When using Facelets, multiple components are allowed.


Name Type Supports EL? Description
attributeChangeListener javax.el.MethodExpression Only EL a method reference to an attribute change listener. Attribute change events are not delivered for any programmatic change to a property. They are only delivered when a renderer changes a property without the application's specific request. An example of an attribute change events might include the width of a column that supported client-side resizing.
binding Only EL an EL reference that will store the component instance on a bean. This can be used to give programmatic access to a component from a backing bean, or to move creation of the component to a backing bean.
clientComponent boolean Yes Default Value: false

whether a client-side component will be generated. A component may be generated whether or not this flag is set, but if client Javascript requires the component object, this must be set to true to guarantee the component's presence. Client component objects that are generated today by default may not be present in the future; setting this flag is the only way to guarantee a component's presence, and clients cannot rely on implicit behavior. However, there is a performance cost to setting this flag, so clients should avoid turning on client components unless absolutely necessary.
For the components outputText and outputFormatted, setting the clientComponent to true will render id attribute for the html DOM. This ID attribute can alternatively be generated by setting to "auto" in web.xml.
customizationId String Yes This attribute is deprecated. This attribute will be removed in the next release. Use the 'id' attribute instead.

This attribute is deprecated. The 'id' attribute should be used when applying persistent customizations. This attribute will be removed in the next release.
halign String Yes Valid Values: start, center, end, left, right, default
Default Value: default

the horizontal alignment for horizontal, vertical and scroll layouts. This is ignored if "layout" is "default". Note that if "layout" is "horizontal", the browsers can only reliably handle horizontal alignment of components that have either fixed widths or that are "inline" such as outputText. For the default value, it inherits it's natural alignment, which under normal circumstances would be a start alignment unless in a container already forcing a horizontal alignment.
id String No the identifier for the component. Every component may be named by a component identifier that must conform to the following rules:
  • They must start with a letter (as defined by the Character.isLetter() method) or underscore ( _ ).
  • Subsequent characters must be letters (as defined by the Character.isLetter() method), digits as defined by the Character.isDigit() method, dashes ( - ), or underscores ( _ ). To minimize the size of responses generated by JavaServer Faces, it is recommended that component identifiers be as short as possible. If a component has been given an identifier, it must be unique in the namespace of the closest ancestor to that component that is a NamingContainer (if any).
inlineStyle String Yes the CSS styles to use for this component. This is intended for basic style changes. The inlineStyle is a set of CSS styles that are applied to the root DOM element of the component. Be aware that because of browser CSS precedence rules, CSS rendered on a DOM element takes precedence over external stylesheets like the skin file. Therefore skins will not be able to override what you set on this attribute. If the inlineStyle's CSS properties do not affect the DOM element you want affected, then you will have to create a skin and use the skinning keys which are meant to target particular DOM elements, like ::label or ::icon-style.
landmark String Yes Valid Values: none, banner, complementary, contentinfo, main, navigation, search
Default Value: none

Specifies the WAI-ARIA landmark role for this panelGroupLayout.
layout String Yes Valid Values: default, horizontal, vertical, scroll
Default Value: default

the type of layout. Acceptable values include:
  • "default": consecutive layout as defined by the browser, with wrapping allowed, and following the bidirectional layout algorithm. As a result, in the presence of mixed right-to-left and left-to-right text, contents may not display consecutively.
  • "horizontal": strictly consecutive without wrapping
  • "vertical": vertically stacked
  • "scroll": vertical, with scrollbars displayed if content overflows (this layout option is only intended for cases where the panelGroupLayout is being stretched such as when inside of a decorativeBox, panelSplitter, panelStretchLayout, or showDetailItem with stretchChildren set to first)
partialTriggers String[] Yes the IDs of the components that should trigger a partial update. This component will listen on the trigger components. If one of the trigger components receives an event that will cause it to update in some way, this component will request to be updated too. Identifiers are relative to the source component (this component), and must account for NamingContainers. If your component is already inside of a naming container, you can use a single colon to start the search from the root of the page, or multiple colons to move up through the NamingContainers - "::" will pop out of the component's naming container (or itself if the component is a naming container) and begin the search from there, ":::" will pop out of two naming containers (including itself if the component is a naming container) and begin the search from there, etc.
rendered boolean Yes Default Value: true

whether the component is rendered. When set to false, no output will be delivered for this component (the component will not in any way be rendered, and cannot be made visible on the client). If you want to change a component's rendered attribute from false to true using PPR, set the partialTrigger attribute of its parent component so the parent refreshes and in turn will render this component.
shortDesc String Yes the short description of the component. The shortDesc text may be used in two different ways, depending on the component.

For components with images, the shortDesc is often used to render an HTML alt attribute for the image. Please see the accessibility guidelines section for correct alt text usage of the shortDesc attribute.

shortDesc is also commonly used to render an HTML title attribute, which is used by user agents to display tooltip help text. In this case the behavior for the tooltip is controlled by the user agent, e.g. Firefox 2 truncates long tooltips. For form components, the shortDesc is displayed in a note window. For components that support the helpTopicId attribute and are not using the shortDesc as image alt text, it is recommended that helpTopicId is used instead of shortDesc as it is more flexible and provides more accessible descriptive text than the use of the title attribute.

styleClass String Yes a CSS style class to use for this component. The style class can be defined in your jspx page or in a skinning CSS file, for example, or you can use one of our public style classes, like 'AFInstructionText'.
theme String Yes The theme attribute on af:panelGroupLayout and af:panelStretchLayout is deprecated. (It will be kept around until ER 7480937 is implemented.) Ideally, only the theme attribute of the af:decorativeBox and af:document tags should be needed.

The component style theme to apply to this component. Themes are cascaded down through all child components. All HTML elements that are rendered by a rich component within a themed component will have the theme applied to its DOM. Themes are not compatible with tonal styles and therefore only one method can be used per page (themes or tonal styles). A blank theme (theme="") or a theme of "default" will remove the current theme (from the component as well as the children of the current component), and a value of "inherit", null (specified as theme="#{null}"), or not setting a theme will use the current theme. Skins are the sources of the the themes. Some skins may have no themed definitions. Suggested theme names include "dark", "medium" and "light".
unsecure java.util.Set Yes A whitespace separated list of attributes whose values ordinarily can be set only on the server, but need to be settable on the client. Currently, this is supported only for the "disabled" attribute. Note that when you are able to set a property on the client, you will be allowed to by using the the .setProperty('attribute', newValue) method, but not the .setXXXAttribute(newValue) method. For example, if you have unsecure="disabled", then on the client you can use the method .setProperty('disabled', false), while the method .setDisabled(false) will not work and will provide a javascript error that setDisabled is not a function.
valign String Yes Valid Values: middle, top, bottom, baseline
Default Value: middle

the vertical alignment of a horizontal layout. This is ignored if "layout" is not "horizontal".
visible boolean Yes Default Value: true

the visibility of the component. If it is "false", the component will be hidden on the client. Unlike "rendered", this does not affect the lifecycle on the server - the component may have its bindings executed, etc. - and the visibility of the component can be toggled on and off on the client, or toggled with PPR. When "rendered" is false, the component will not in any way be rendered, and cannot be made visible on the client. In most cases, use the "rendered" property instead of the "visible" property.
Not supported on the following renderkits: org.apache.myfaces.trinidad.core