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Render Modes

RadMenu has three different render modes that can change the actual HTML markup that is rendered. They are exposed via the RenderMode property that can have four possible values - Classic, Lightweight and Auto. This functionality was introduced in the Q2 2013 version.

The possible options are:

  • Classic - this is the default value of the RenderMode property . It preserves the original rendering of the control - unordered list and nested elements are used to create layout.

  • Auto - this mode makes each control choose the appropriate rendering mode according to the used browser - Classic or Lightweight. This functionality was added in Q3 2013.

  • Lightweight - with this render mode, the control yields completely different markup making maximum use of CSS 3 and semantic HTML. This means that we have dropped the image gradients in favor of CSS gradients. As for the skins, the main goal of using the Lightweight render mode is that image gradients could be easily replaced by CSS gradients. Thus, the amount of data that the client browser should request is sensibly decreased.

  • Mobile - this render mode is specially created to be used in mobile devices like smart phones and tablets.

RadMenu, as well as the other Telerik controls that utilize render modes, supports only one type of render mode per page. This includes mode being set for a standalone instance, and a programmatically created instance. All such controls must have the same RenderMode on a given page. This also includes instances from user controls and master pages.

Render mode specific limitations

  • In Lightweight render mode, RadMenu does not support separators

  • In Mobile render mode, RadMenu does not support Templates and images cannot be added to menu items by using their ImageUrl property

  • In Mobile render mode, client-side RadMenu items are of type Telerik.Web.UI.MobileMenuItem while in the other render modes the items are of type Telerik.Web.UI.RadMenuItem.

Setting the Render Modes

There are two ways to set the RenderMode for the RadMenu:

When the RenderMode property is set in the markup you can type in a string, when set in the code-behind it takes a member of the Telerik.Web.UI.RenderMode enum. For example:

<telerik:RadMenu RenderMode="Lightweight" runat="server" ID="RadMenu1"> </telerik:RadMenu>      

A global setting in the web.config file that will affect the entire application, unless a concrete value is specified for RadMenu instance:

  • Change render mode for all RadMenus in your application:
   <add key="Telerik.Web.UI.RenderMode" value="lightweight" />
  • Change render mode for all controls in your application:
    <add key="Telerik.Web.UI.Menu.RenderMode" value="lightweight" />
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