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Setting Metadata to Influence Layout

When a property of an element has an effect on the size of the element or the ordering of its children, appropriate metadata has to be added to its declaration as a dependency property to trigger the appropriate stage of the layout process.

  • AffectsLayout: Specifies that the property triggers a change in the ordering of child elements. Used to trigger a layout update whenever the property changes.

  • InvalidatesLayout: Used in the old layout system to invalidate the layout of an element when the property value changes.

  • AffectMeasure: Specifies that the property triggers a change in the size of the element. Used to trigger a layout update whenever the property changes.

  • AffectsArrange: Equivalent to AffectsLayout.

The example code below shows a RightToLeft dependency property with the AffectsLayout and InvalidatesLayout included in the call to RadPropertyRegister.

Adding metadata

public static RadProperty RTLProperty = RadProperty.Register(
    "RTL", typeof(bool), typeof(BoxLayout), new RadElementPropertyMetadata(
    false, ElementPropertyOptions.AffectsLayout | ElementPropertyOptions.InvalidatesLayout));

Public Shared RTLProperty As RadProperty = RadProperty.Register("RTL", GetType(Boolean), GetType(BoxLayout), New RadElementPropertyMetadata(False, ElementPropertyOptions.AffectsLayout Or ElementPropertyOptions.InvalidatesLayout))

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The metadata is consumed when the RadElement OnPropertyChanged method is fired, the RadElement RadPropertyMetaData is evaluated and methods are called based on the type of metadata present.

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