If you are noticing client-side performance issues in your ADF Faces application and must support legacy browsers like Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8, there are many techniques available to help optimize your application for these browsers:
- If you use af:region and the jsff page fragment files have more than 1 root component, optimize it by arranging these components with a single root component. For example, if you want your region contents to stretch, you might have one visible content component and a series of popup components, put the visible content component inside of a “center” facet of an af:panelStretchLayout and put all of those popups in the “bottom” facet but also make sure to assign bottomHeight=”0px”. If you don’t want the contents to stretch, simply wrap these components with an af:panelGroupLayout layout=”vertical”.
- Avoid using a af:panelStretchLayout where topHeight, bottomHeight, startWidth, or endWidth is set to “auto”.
- Minimize uses of af:panelAccordion in discloseMany=”true” mode if possible.
- Minimize use of components that provide overflow popups, e.g. af:panelAccordion, af:panelTabbed, af:toolbar, af:breadCrumbs, af:menuBar. If you have to use these components, make sure that your target screen size can accommodate the content without having to invoke overflow.
- Minimize use of components that provide custom title text truncation, e.g. af:panelHeader and af:showDetailHeader. If you have to use these components, make sure that your target screen size can accommodate the title text without having to truncate.
- Minimize use of af:carousel, af:table, af:tree, af:treeTable.
- Avoid complex user interfaces. Users will struggle to process complex application structures. Legacy browsers will struggle with processing of complex content. Keep the number of tabs simple (use less than 10). Keep the number of columns in a table small (use less than 10).
- Finally, don’t ignore the warnings that JDeveloper gives you.