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Getting Started with the BottomNavigation

This tutorial explains how to set up a basic Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC BottomNavigation and highlights the major steps in the configuration of the component.

You will initialize a BottomNavigation control and configure two items. Next, you will handle the Select() event and allow the user to switch between the content of the items.

Sample Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC BottomNavigation

Prerequisites

To successfully complete the tutorial, you need a project that is already configured to use the Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC components:

1. Prepare the CSHTML File

The first step is to add the required directives at the top of the .cshtml document:

  • To use the Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC HtmlHelpers:

    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI
    

Optionally, you can structure the document by adding the desired HTML elements like headings, divs, paragraphs, and apply some basic styles.

    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI

    <div class="demo-app" style="position:relative">

    </div>

    <style>
        .demo-app {
            margin: auto;
            width: 234px;
            height: 400px;
        }
    </style>

2. Initialize the BottomNavigation

Use the BottomNavigation HtmlHelper to add the component to a page:

  • The Name() configuration method is mandatory as its value is used for the id and the name attributes of the BottomNavigation element.
  • The PositionMode defines the position of the BottomNavigation component.
  • The Items() configuration specifies the items that will be rendered in the BottomNavigation and allows you to:
    • Set their Text and Icon attributes.
    • Add classes for the individual items.
    • Set the Selected and Enabled state of the items.
    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI

    <div class="demo-app" style="position:relative">
        @(Html.Kendo().BottomNavigation()
            .Name("bottomNavigation")
            .PositionMode(BottomNavigationPositionMode.Absolute)
            .Items(i=> {
                i.Add().Text("Profile").Icon("user").Selected(true);
                i.Add().Text("Calendar").Icon("calendar-date");
            })
        )
    </div>

    <style>
        .demo-app {
            margin: auto;
            width: 234px;
            height: 400px;
        }
    </style>

3. Configure the Appearance

To alter the appearance of the component, use the ThemeColor and Fill options. Additionally, you can set the desired HTML attributes.

    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI

    <div class="demo-app" style="position:relative">
        @(Html.Kendo().BottomNavigation()
            .Name("bottomNavigation")
            .PositionMode(BottomNavigationPositionMode.Absolute)
            .HtmlAttributes( new { style="bottom:0;"})
            .Fill(BottomNavigationFill.Solid)
            .ThemeColor( BottomNavigationThemeColor.Primary)
            .Items(i=> {
                i.Add().Text("Profile").Icon("user").Selected(true);
                i.Add().Text("Calendar").Icon("calendar-date");
            })
        )
    </div>

    <style>
        .demo-app {
            margin: auto;
            width: 234px;
            height: 400px;
        }
    </style>

4. Add Content to the BottomNavigation Items

The next step is to add some basic content that will be displayed when the user selects each item:

  1. Add an avatar that will appear when the user selects the Profile BottomNavigation item.
  2. Initialize a Calendar component that will appear when the user selects the Calendar BottomNavigation item.

To navigate between the content of the two items, you must configure the event handling as described in the next step.

    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI

    <div class="demo-app" style="position:relative">
        @(Html.Kendo().BottomNavigation()
            .Name("bottomNavigation")
            .PositionMode(BottomNavigationPositionMode.Absolute)
            .HtmlAttributes( new { style="bottom:0;"})
            .Fill(BottomNavigationFill.Solid)
            .ThemeColor( BottomNavigationThemeColor.Primary)
            .Items(i=> {
                i.Add().Text("Profile").Icon("user").Selected(true);
                i.Add().Text("Calendar").Icon("calendar-date");
            })
        )
        <div id="profile" class="demo-view" style="display: initial;position:absolute;">
            <img src=@Url.Content("https://demos.telerik.com/aspnet-core/shared/web/avatar.png") width="128" height="128" />
        </div>
        <div id="calendar" style="display: none;position:absolute" class="demo-view">
            @(Html.Kendo().Calendar().Name("calendar-widget"))
        </div>
    </div>

    <style>
        .demo-app {
            margin: auto;
            width: 234px;
            height: 400px;
        }
    </style>

5. Handle BottomNavigation Events

The BottomNavigation component exposes the Select() event that you can handle and further customize the functionality of the component.

    @using Kendo.Mvc.UI

    <div class="demo-app" style="position:relative">
        @(Html.Kendo().BottomNavigation()
            .Name("bottomNavigation")
            .PositionMode(BottomNavigationPositionMode.Absolute)
            .HtmlAttributes( new { style="bottom:0;"})
            .Fill(BottomNavigationFill.Solid)
            .ThemeColor( BottomNavigationThemeColor.Primary)
            .Items(i=> {
                i.Add().Text("Profile").Data(new { view = "profile" }).Icon("user").Selected(true);
                i.Add().Text("Calendar").Data(new { view = "calendar" }).Icon("calendar-date");
            })
            .Events(e => e.Select("onSelect"))
        )
        <div id="profile" class="demo-view" style="display: initial;position:absolute;">
            <img src=@Url.Content("https://demos.telerik.com/aspnet-core/shared/web/avatar.png") width="128" height="128" />
        </div>
        <div id="calendar" style="display: none;position:absolute" class="demo-view">
            @(Html.Kendo().Calendar().Name("calendar-widget"))
        </div>
    </div>
    <script>
        function onSelect(e) {
            var id = e.data.view
            $(".demo-view").hide();
            $("#" + id).show();
        }
    </script>
    <style>
        .demo-app {
            margin: auto;
            width: 234px;
            height: 400px;
        }
    </style>

For more examples, refer to the demo on using the events of the BottomNavigation.

6. (Optional) Reference Existing BottomNavigation Instances

You can reference the BottomNavigation instances that you have created and build on top of their existing configuration:

  1. Use the id attribute of the component instance to establish a reference.

    <script>
        var bottomNavigationReference = $("#bottomNavigation").data("kendoBottomNavigation"); // bottomNavigationReference is a reference to the existing instance of the helper.
    </script>
    
  2. Use the BottomNavigation client-side API to control the behavior of the widget. In this example, you will use the enable method to control the state of the BottomNavigation items.

    <script>
        var bottomNavigationReference = $("#bottomNavigation").data("kendoBottomNavigation"); // bottomNavigationReference is a reference to the existing instance of the helper.
        bottomNavigationReference.enable($("#calendar"), false); // Disable the calendar item.
    </script>
    

For more information on referencing specific helper instances, see the Methods and Events article.

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