Monday 12 March 2012

Fade-Trimming TextBlocks in Silverlight and WPF

Ayende just published a guest-post I wrote on his company blog:

Using ellipsis is so last year. When did you last see the cool HTML 5 kids writing … when they couldn’t fit all their text in a column? They’ve got this fancy new feature, powered by CSS3, where text that doesn’t quite fit simply fades out as it reaches the edge of the text block. Like this (with thanks to the QuickUI Catalog)


Subtle! It looks much prettier, and it means you can fit in an extra three characters of real text instead of the …s.

Silverlight’s future might be uncertain, but I want to show you that it isn’t ready to roll over and die just yet. We can have those fancy fade-trimming effects too!

As part of the work I’m doing on the UI for RavenFS, I implemented Fade-trimming to make our DataGrids look smarter, and I thought it would be nice to share. So I’ve packaged up all you need into an easy-to-use class called FadeTrimming.cs which works in Silverlight and WPF, and given you two demo projects to show you how to get started.

Read the whole article here


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