The Tab Widget
- Feature Owner
- Eric Vaughan
A tab widget provides the user with a facility for switching
between different views using tabs. The tab is declared using the
tabcontrol tag. The tabcontrol is an
extension of the
(See The Box System for details.)
A tab widget can have a horizontal
or vertical alignment, which can be
specified using the
align attribute on the
The tab widget consists of two components: a tab box that contains the
tabs themselves, and a tab panel, which contains the contents that are
switched in and out of view when different tabs are selected.
The tab box is specified using the
This tag is also an extension of the
it can also align its children horizontally or vertically using the
align attribute. Use horizontal alignment to
place the tabs on the left or right of the tab panel and vertical
alignment to place the tabs above or below the tab panel.
The tab box has individual tabs as its children, and these are declared
tab tag. A tab is also a box, and it
can contain arbitrary content, thus allowing the designer to create
everything from simple tab text labels to complex graphical tabs.
The tab panel is declared using the
tag. Each child of this element is considered to be a unique view.
There is a one-to-one correspondence between the tabs in the tab box,
and the views in the tab panel. For example, clicking on the third
tab (as specified in the tab box) results in the third view
(as specified in the tab panel) being made visible.
<tabcontrol align="vertical"> <tabbox align="horizontal"> <tab>Tab One</tab> <tab>Tab Two</tab> <tab>Tab Three</tab> </tabbox> <tabpanel flex="100%"> <titledbutton value="View One"/> <titledbutton value="View Two"/> <titledbutton value="View Three"/> </tabpanel> </tabcontrol>
The selected item in the tab panel is reflected in the content model using the
[Right now, an attribute called
value is being used instead. This index is
This should change any day now.]
If the tab widget's width and height are not constrained, the widget will size itself to fit its largest view (regardless of whether or not that view is initially visible). All views will be flowed in order to determine the tab's width and height (unless the widget's width and height are constrained already).
The tab panel can be used independently of the tab control by using the
It can track selection and size itself to its largest view just as the tab
Border styles can be applied to tabs, and they will be automatically drawn around the view with a gap between the edge of the tab that is flush with the view.
- There are visibility issues with native widgets that prevent the tab control from working well with them.
- There are issues with tabs wrapping to multiple rows.