In WPF's XAML, we can tell an element to fill its container like this:
<Button HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" VerticalAlignment="Stretch" />
Why is it that when we set an element to Stretch, we do it via the HorizontalAlignment and VerticalAlignment properties? Why did the WPF design team decide to take this approach over having
Height="Stretch"? I presume it was a calculated decision, and I'm curious about the reasoning.
CSS, among other technologies, follows the convention that stretching is done via the width and height properties, and that alignment affects positioning exclusively. This seems intuitive enough: stretching the element is manipulating its width and height, after all! Using the corresponding alignment property to stretch an element seems counter-intuitive and unusual in comparison. This makes me think they didn't just pick this option for no reason: they made a calculated decision and had reasons behind it.
Width and Height use the double data type, which would ordinarily mean assigning it a string would be silly. However, WPF's Window objects can take
Width="Auto", which gets treated as
Width="Stretch" be stored as
double.PositiveInfinity or some other value?