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Set Different Styles to Appointments

If you are ready to give up the gradient and rounded corners, with Q2 2009 SP1 we have exposed four new properties which allow you to customize the appointment's appearance:

  • BackColor

  • BorderColor

  • BorderStyle

  • BorderWidth

For example:

custom background color


protected void RadScheduler1_AppointmentDataBound(object sender, SchedulerEventArgs e)
{
    e.Appointment.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Yellow;
    e.Appointment.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
    e.Appointment.BorderStyle = BorderStyle.Dotted;
    e.Appointment.BorderWidth = Unit.Pixel(2);
}


Protected Sub RadScheduler1_AppointmentDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As SchedulerEventArgs)
    e.Appointment.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Yellow
    e.Appointment.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red
    e.Appointment.BorderStyle = BorderStyle.Dotted
    e.Appointment.BorderWidth = Unit.Pixel(2)
End Sub

Alternatively, you can take advantage of the 10 predefined, skin-independent CSS styles that we offer with Q1 2009 SP1. RadScheduler will automatically recognize the following class names:

  • rsCategoryDarkBlue

  • rsCategoryBlue

  • rsCategoryDarkGreen

  • rsCategoryGreen

  • rsCategoryDarkRed

  • rsCategoryOrange

  • rsCategoryPink

  • rsCategoryRed

  • rsCategoryViolet

  • rsCategoryYellow

Here is how each style looks like:

set appointment styles

You can handle the AppointmentDataBound event and use a custom condition based on attributes, resources or any other property of the Appointmentobject to set the appointment CssClass property. For example, the above screenshot can be replicated with the following code:



protected void RadScheduler1_AppointmentDataBound(object sender, Telerik.Web.UI.SchedulerEventArgs e)
{
    e.Appointment.CssClass = "rsCategory" + e.Appointment.Subject;
}


Protected Sub RadScheduler1_AppointmentDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As Telerik.Web.UI.SchedulerEventArgs) Handles RadScheduler1.AppointmentDataBound
    e.Appointment.CssClass = "rsCategory" + e.Appointment.Subject
End Sub

This code causes RadScheduler to render the value of the CssClass property that you set in the AppointmentDataBound event to the rsApt div of the appointments.Here is the resulting html output for the "Green" appointment:


<div class="rsWrap" style="z-index: 14;">
   <div id="RadScheduler1_22_0" class="rsApt rsCategoryGreen" style="height: 46px; width: 90%;
       left: 0%;" title="Green">
       <div class="rsAptOut">
           <div class="rsAptMid">
               <div class="rsAptIn">
                   <div class="rsAptContent">
                       Green <a class="rsAptDelete" href="#" style="visibility: hidden;">delete</a>
                   </div>
               </div>
               <div class="rsAptResize" style="z-index: 80;">
               </div>
           </div>
       </div>
   </div>
</div>      

The style is applied to the appointment thanks to the following CSS rule which is loaded automatically from the embedded Scheduler.css base stylesheet from the Telerik assembly:


.RadScheduler .rsCategoryGreen .rsAptContent,
.RadScheduler .rsCategoryGreen .rsAptMid .rsAptIn,
.RadScheduler .rsCategoryGreen .rsAptMid,
.RadScheduler .rsCategoryGreen .rsAptOut
{
  background-image: url('Scheduler/rsAppointmentGreenBg.png');
}       

Similar css rules are loaded for the other 9 styles.

Resource style mapping

The CssClass property can be set declaratively for resources using the new ResourceStyleMapping feature of RadScheduler:


<ResourceStyles>
 <telerik:ResourceStyleMapping Type="User" Text="Alex" ApplyCssClass="rsCategoryBlue" />
 <telerik:ResourceStyleMapping Type="User" Text="Bob" ApplyCssClass="rsCategoryOrange" />
 <telerik:ResourceStyleMapping Type="User" Text="Charlie" ApplyCssClass="rsCategoryGreen" />
</ResourceStyles>  

An illustration of this method can be seen in the Defining Resources demo.This is just a neater way of setting the CssClass property from code-behind and it is equivalent to the following:


protected void RadScheduler1_AppointmentDataBound(object sender, Telerik.Web.UI.SchedulerEventArgs e)
{
    if (e.Appointment.Resources.GetResourceByType("User") != null)
    {
        switch (e.Appointment.Resources.GetResourceByType("User").Text)
        {
            case "Alex":
                e.Appointment.CssClass = "rsCategoryBlue";
                break;
            case "Bob":
                e.Appointment.CssClass = "rsCategoryOrange";
                break;
            case "Charlie":
                e.Appointment.CssClass = "rsCategoryGreen";
                break;
            default:
                break;
        }
    }
}


Protected Sub RadScheduler1_AppointmentDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As Telerik.Web.UI.SchedulerEventArgs)
    If e.Appointment.Resources.GetResourceByType("User") <> Nothing Then
        Select Case e.Appointment.Resources.GetResourceByType("User").Text
            Case "Alex"
                e.Appointment.CssClass = "rsCategoryBlue"
                Exit Select
            Case "Bob"
                e.Appointment.CssClass = "rsCategoryOrange"
                Exit Select
            Case "Charlie"
                e.Appointment.CssClass = "rsCategoryGreen"
                Exit Select
            Case Else
                Exit Select
        End Select
    End If
End Sub

Going beyond the predefined styles

If you need to use your own custom style for the appointments, here is how to proceed:

  1. Create your custom background image and add it to your application. Let's assume you have used a folder called "Scheduler".

  2. Include the following css rule in the head of your page:

    CSS

    <style type="text/css">
       .RadScheduler .MyCustomAppointmentStyle .rsAptContent,
       .RadScheduler .MyCustomAppointmentStyle .rsAptMid .rsAptIn,
       .RadScheduler .MyCustomAppointmentStyle .rsAptMid,
       .RadScheduler .MyCustomAppointmentStyle .rsAptOut
       {
        background-image: url('Scheduler/MyCustomBackgroundImage.png');
       }
       .RadScheduler .MyCustomAppointmentStyle .rsAptContent
       {
        /*font style*/
        color: Blue;
       }
    </style>  
    
  3. Set the appointment CssClass property:

    C#

    protected void RadScheduler1_AppointmentDataBound(object sender, Telerik.Web.UI.SchedulerEventArgs e)
    {
        e.Appointment.CssClass = "MyCustomAppointmentStyle";
    }  
    

    VB

    Protected Sub RadScheduler1_AppointmentDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As Telerik.Web.UI.SchedulerEventArgs) Handles RadScheduler1.AppointmentDataBound
        e.Appointment.CssClass = "MyCustomAppointmentStyle"
    End Sub
    

The background images for the appointment styles can be found in your local installation of the Telerik.Web.UI suit -> Skins\Common\Scheduler and the cssrules are defined in Scheduler.css in the Skins folder.