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ExtGWT Rich Internet Application Cookbook by Odili Charles Opute

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History and view transitions

Traditional websites and simple multi-paged apps are navigated by clicking links (or buttons) which load the destination page. This gives the browser a chance to track the pages the user just left and the one currently being viewed such that clicking the back button on the browser's chrome takes the user to the previously viewed page.

However, modern complex web apps have moved away from the idea of pages to that of screens or views, such that within a single page the user can navigate across several tabs and several overlaid windows, often without the browser knowing that these are valid navigations and therefore not updating its history. This leads to the all too familiar problem of the back/forward buttons on the ...

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