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Improving Lightweight Rendering for RadTreeView (R3 2016)

Introduced changes

The R3 2016 release of the Telerik® UI for ASP.NET AJAX suite introduces several improvements of the Lightweight rendering of the RadTreeView. As the RadDropDownTree uses an embedded RadTreeView for its drop-down, those changes apply for that control too.

The improvements introduced might cause some issues with the proper appearance of the control when custom styles are applied. The changes introduced for the structure of the nodes of the tree are listed below:

  • The <div> element that represents each node used to have the rtTop, rtMid or rtBot class, depending on the position of the node (whether it is the first node for the current level, a middle node or the last node). In the improved rendering those classes are substituted with a single rtOut class.

  • The <span> element with the class rtSp, which was used to calculate the line height for each node, has been removed.

  • The <span> element with the class rtIn has been transformed to a <div> element.

  • The icon <img> with the class rtImg used to be sibling, placed before the rtIn element, but it is now placed within the rtIn <div>.

  • A new <span> element with the class rtText has been introduced to hold the text of each node.

  • The class rtChkTristate has been added to the tri-state checkbox <span>.

Possible Issues

Using the Tag Selector

In cases where that rtIn element is customized using the tag selector (span.rtIn), removing the element text (span) from the selector will fix the possible issues.

Styling rtOut Element

As the horizontal node line is implemented as a border of pseudo element of the rtOut (previous rtTop, rtMid, rtBot), the selectors for styling those lines should be altered from:

.RadTreeView .rtLines .rtTop:before,
.RadTreeView .rtLines .rtMid:before,
.RadTreeView .rtLines .rtBot:before,
.RadTreeView .rtLines .rtLI:before {
    border: 2px dashed #92b4c3;
} 

to:

.RadTreeView .rtLines .rtOut:before,
.RadTreeView .rtLines .rtLI:before {
    border: 2px dashed #92b4c3;
}

Changes in the HTML Structure of a Node with a Two-state Checkbox

Previously, the generated structure of a tree node with a two-state checkbox was:

<div class="rtTop ContentCssClass rtSelected SelectedCssClass">
    <span class="rtSp"></span>
    <span class="rtMinus"></span>
    <label>
        <input type="checkbox" class="rtChk">
        <img src="icon.png" alt="" class="rtImg">
        <span class="rtIn CssClass">Group A</span>
    </label>
</div>

It has been changed to:

<div class="rtOut ContentCssClass rtSelected SelectedCssClass">
    <span class="rtMinus"></span>
    <input type="checkbox" class="rtChk">
    <div class="rtIn CssClass ">
        <img src="icon.png" alt="" class="rtImg">
        <span class="rtText">Group A</span>
    </div>
</div>

Changes in the HTML Structure of a Node with a tri-state Checkbox

The node with a tri-state checkbox has been changed from:

<div class="rtTop ContentCssClass rtSelected SelectedCssClass">
    <span class="rtSp"></span>
    <span class="rtMinus"></span>
    <span class="rtUnchecked"></span>
    <img src="icon.png" alt="" class="rtImg">
    <span class="rtIn CssClass">Group A</span>
</div>

to:

<div class="rtOut ContentCssClass rtSelected SelectedCssClass">
    <span class="rtMinus"></span>
    <span class="rtChkTristate rtUnchecked"></span>
    <div class="rtIn CssClass ">
        <img src="icon.png" alt="" class="rtImg">
        <span class="rtText">Group A</span>
    </div>
</div>