Telerik UI for Windows 8 HTML

When you want to display a more customized view of the detail records, you could use a detail template. It allows you to specify content of your choice for the detail row of the grid and in combination with the API provided by RadGrid, you can populate it dynamically based on the values in the expanded parent row. Following, you can see a step-by-step description of implementing a detail template in RadGrid.

Using a Detail Template in RadGrid

Follow the steps below to implement this scenario:

  1. To specify a template for the detail rows of RadGrid, you can use the detailTemplate property of the control. It should be a string containing HTML or a function that returns a DOM element or HTML string.

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    var grid = new Telerik.UI.RadGrid(document.getElementById("grid1"), {
        dataSource: Sample.categories,
        ondetailinit: detailInit,
        detailTemplate: detailTemplateInit,
        columns: [
            { field: "ID", width: 40 },
            { field: "Name" }

    Here follows a very simple function returning a single line of HTML. It is used to demonstrate how you can access data from the parent row, for example, to use it to generate a unique name for a control inside the detail item.

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    function detailTemplateInit(args) {
        return "<div id='chart_" + args.Name + "'/>";

    For such a simple scenario, you could assign a string to the detailTemplate property directly. You will get the same result if you use the following string:

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    detailTemplate: "<div id='chart_#=Name#'/>",
  2. Handle the detailInit event and use it to initialize any WinJS controls, to populate the template with data, related to the parent item, etc.

    The values passed in the event arguments, which you can find useful in a detail template scenario, are listed in the table below:



    The data item of the parent row. It contains all values for all fields from the corresponding entry of the data source. You can use these values to filter the detail template's data.


    The TD element containing the template that you have declared.


    The TR element of the current detail item (the row holding the above described cell).


    The TR element corresponding to the parent row, that has been expanded to load the current detail item. You can use this reference to style the expanded row.

    The parent RadGrid object, that raised the event.

    Our implementation continues by instantiating a RadChart using the DIV element declared in the template and filtering its data source to display only records relevant to the current parent row:

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    function detailInit(e) {
        var chart = new Telerik.UI.RadChart(document.getElementById("chart_" +, {
            dataSource: {
                filter: { field: "CategoryID", operator: "eq", value: }
            series: [
                    field: "Price",
                    type: "column",
                    labels: {
                        visible: true,
                        template: "$#=value#"
                    name: "Price"
            categoryAxis: {
                field: "Name"
            width: 700,
            height: 200

For clarity, the data used in this examples is defined as follows:

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var data = [
    { "ID": 0, "Name": "Bread", "Price": "2.5", "CategoryID": 0 },
    { "ID": 1, "Name": "Milk", "Price": "3.5", "CategoryID": 1 },
    { "ID": 2, "Name": "Vint soda", "Price": "20.9", "CategoryID": 1 },
    { "ID": 3, "Name": "Havina Cola", "Price": "19.9", "CategoryID": 1 },
    { "ID": 4, "Name": "Fruit Punch", "Price": "22.99", "CategoryID": 1 },
    { "ID": 5, "Name": "Cranberry Juice", "Price": "22.8", "CategoryID": 1 },
    { "ID": 6, "Name": "Pink Lemonade", "Price": "18.8", "CategoryID": 1 },
    { "ID": 7, "Name": "DVD Player", "Price": "35.88", "CategoryID": 2 },
    { "ID": 8, "Name": "LCD HDTV", "Price": "1088.8", "CategoryID": 2 },
    { "ID": 9, "Name": "Soup", "Price": "10.5", "CategoryID": 0 },
    { "ID": 10, "Name": "Cake", "Price": "7.5", "CategoryID": 0 },
    { "ID": 11, "Name": "Surface Tablet", "Price": "499 ", "CategoryID": 2 }

var categories = [
    { ID: 0, Name: "Food" },
    { ID: 1, Name: "Beverages" },
    { ID: 2, Name: "Electronics" }

WinJS.Namespace.define("Sample", {
    data: data,
    categories: categories

This is how the grid will look when a parent item is expanded: