Visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces – in the browser!

Source: Maquetta.Org, May 2011

Maqetta is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces. The Maqetta application itself is authored in HTML, and therefore runs in the browser without requiring additional plugins or downloads.

Maqetta includes:

  • a WYSIWYG visual page editor for drawing out user interfaces
  • drag/drop mobile UI authoring within an exact-dimension device silhouette, such as the silhouette of an iPhone
  • simultaneous editing in either design or source views
  • deep support for CSS styling (the application includes a full CSS parser/modeler)
  • a mechanism for organizing a UI prototype into a series of “application states” (aka “screens” or “panels”) which allows a UI designer to define interactivity without programming
  • a web-based review and commenting feature where the author can submit a live UI mockup for review by his team members
  • a “wireframing” feature that allows UI designers to create UI proposals that have a hand-drawn look
  • a theme editor for customizing the visual styling of a collection of widgets
  • export options that allow for smooth hand-off of the UI mockups into leading developer tools such as Eclipse
  • Maqetta’s code base has a toolkit-independent architecture that allows for plugging in arbitrary widget libraries and CSS themes.
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