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  1. Modern Windows UI in Win32 desktop applications

    Bring modern Windows UI to existing Win32, WPF and Windows Forms desktop apps with the option to adopt islands of Windows.UI.Composition and Windows.UI.XAML content incrementally. Allows desktop apps to incrementally adopt UI innovations and creates a bridge to UWP for app UI.

    375 votes
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      88 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • UWP Grid should have ShowGridLines property from WPF

      The WPF Grid control had a ShowGridLines property. This is helpful for layout debugging. This property is missing in UWP.

      17 votes
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        1 comment  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • SwipeControl should support mouse input

        The SwipeControl control should support mouse input as well as touch input. Currently it only supports touch input.

        I appreciate that swipe controls have come out of developments around touch interfaces. However on a platform that allows for a single app to run on both desktop and touch devices I think that users will be expecting to be able to interact with the app in similar ways across devices.

        Microsoft have set precedent for this in their own apps. Outlook for example utilises a SwipeControl type arrangement (that can be interacted with using a mouse) for marking emails as read…

        22 votes
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          6 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • TreeView event for child re-ordering

          The UWP TreeView control lacks an event to notify that child nodes have been re-ordered due to a drag and drop. The DragItemsCompleted event is fired but there is no direct information in the arguments about whether the child ordering has changed or whether a child has been added.

          3 votes
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            2 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add PaneBackground Property to NavigationView

            It is currently possible to change the background brush of the NavigationView itself, but the Pane, in particular, is not so straightforward. Users can modify the designated ResourceKey, but cannot change this brush outside of XAML.

            Users would benefit greatly from a "PaneBackground" property that can be set to an AcrylicBrush, etc. Especially, since the pane of this control is currently opaque by default in a WPF XAML Island.

            To reproduce this situation, please create an "XAML island" in a WPF application. Setting the child to a NavigationView. Then, from C#, search the NavView object for a simple PaneBackground property.…

            2 votes
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              on the backlog  ·  2 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Xamarin.Forms - Prevent keyboard from showing on Entry field focus

              Currently, Entry field in Xamarin.Forms provides no functionality to prevent soft keyboard from showing up entirely. There are solution out there that will hide it but they make things even worse since now you have keyboard popping up briefly, then disappearing from the screen.

              It feels like having a way to disable keyboard from showing up entirely on an Entry field makes sense. For example, I make my own buttons, that resemble keyboard. Tapping on each of these, puts some characters in the Entry field without showing keyboard but only when Entry field receives focus.

              Another example, scanning with external…

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 3D Volumetric Content in the Visual Layer/ XAML

                Enable 2D application developers to easily use 3D volumetric content in XAML/Composition by configuring spatial scenes and manipulating transforms and skeletal animations.

                12 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • MediaTransportControls do not auto-hide correctly

                  MediaTransportControls no longer auto-hide correctly for UWP apps on desktop when using the mouse pointer. When the pointer is used to click the play/pause button, the transport control bar begins to hide and then immediately pops back up again. This bug does not occur with a game controller.

                  This appears to be related to the introduction of MediaTransportControls.ShowAndHideAutomatically property in Build 16299.

                  I am using Windows v1809.

                  This bug is reproducible in any app which uses the transport controls, including the XAML Controls Gallery app (under Media) available in the MS Store. The link to the app can be found…

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                    0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Open the Windows 10 emoji panel in a TextBox control from code.

                    It is possible to open the emoji panel with keyboard shortcuts (Windows logo + .). It would be nice to be able to open the panel from code as well.

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                      0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add a Toolbar to UWP

                      In UWP we have a CommandBar, but it seems it's not easy to use to build a classic toolbar for a desktop application. A toolbar stacks items from left-to-right, and it would be great to have such a toolbar in UWP like we have it today in WPF and several other desktop programming models

                      48 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • UWP Input Validation

                        As an enterprise developer we need a richer set of Line of Business features. Input validation is fundamental to business applications and should not require us to roll our own or find a 3rd party solution.

                        162 votes
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                          26 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          With the announcement and preview release of WinUI Nuget package, we are able to release and update XAML controls independent of OS Updates. We also design controls for backwards compatibility. We’ve listened to customer feedback based on our initial implementation, one being to enable backwards compatibility. Due to this feedback, we are adjusting the implementation to include Input Validation inside the WinUI Nuget Package. We are hopeful to release a backwards compatible version of Input Validation in calendar year 2019.

                        • Ribbon Control

                          Add an easy to use and customizable Ribbon control like the ones found in the Office Mobile apps, that scales on PCs to Phones. While we can implement it ourselves, it does require a lot of work, and putting it in a XAML control would make life so much easier.

                          33 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add PanePlacement Top and Bottom to SplitView

                            Seeing as SplitView is a control used to divide content between and pane and content area, it would make sense for SplitView to allow a PanePlacement.Top and PanePlacement.Bottom in addition to its current Left and Right parameters.

                            This change would allow Developer to be able to consider the usage of SplitView when targetting small WVGA/WXGA such as the Lumia 520/525/530 which have an extremely thin horizontal resolution compared to its available vertical space.

                            If this change was made, it would be easier to target a UI to low resolution/low end devices by being able to set the pane to top…

                            12 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow C# style boolean conversion with x:Bind

                              With x:Bind we can invert a boolean property with a ValueConverter like this:

                              Visibility="{x:Bind IsLoading,Converter="{StaticResource BooleanInverseConverter}"

                              But wouldn't it be much cleaner for that widely used boolean case to write just this:

                              Visibility="{x:Bind !IsLoading}"

                              To generated the code should be possible, and also to check in that generation whether IsLoading is a boolean or not. Even without checking, it won't compile if IsLoading wouldn't be a boolean, which is fine.

                              Thanks,
                              Thomas

                              37 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Can you bring back cppwinrt's xaml programmatic support

                                Earlier this year (but with cppwinrt still new!) I created a complete complex UI using cppwinrt's programmatic support for xaml: e.g. StackPanel(), Grid(), RowDefinitions, Column Definitions, Children().append(), etc. Quite a lot of work but it easy to read and ran great. Is all of that gone? Or is there still a way to use those cppwinrt features?

                                2 votes
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                                  15 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • VisualState setters should support custom attached properties

                                  The VisualStateManager ignores Visual State Setters using custom attached properties. This works with normal attached properties, so it's confusing that it doesn't work for custom ones. The hack to get this to work is really ugly and requires custom code for every case using reflection: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/expression/en-US/0f9826e1-48d2-4cd7-8253-a5b9aaf0e03d/uwpadaptative-triggers-with-custom-attached-properties-in-windows-10-uwp

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                                    2 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Select Treeview node from code

                                    The TreeView (from Windows Update 1803) lacks the possibility to select a ceirtain TreeViewNode from code.

                                    For example an "IsSelected" property could be added to a TreeViewNode or a function like selectNode(TreeViewNode) to the TreeView.

                                    12 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Binding to Page.DataContext no longer works with a local Static Resource

                                      Since I upgraded to the most current version of VS/UWP, the following code no longer works in Designer:

                                      <Page.Resources>
                                      <viewmodel:view x:Key="VIEW"/>
                                      </Page.Resources>
                                      <Page.DataContext>
                                      <Binding Source="{StaticResource VIEW}"/>
                                      </Page.DataContext>

                                      This was a very elegant and convenient way to tie a page to a viewmodel class. Now, as a workaround, I have to declare the DataContext of the first control to the static resource... that is error prone, to say the least.

                                      Why, just why, did you have to change that??? I now how to manually fix a lot of pages to make them usable in Designer again...

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                                        2 comments  ·  XAML/Controls/Composition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • "Accessibility: Color Picker"

                                        Accessibility Bugs:
                                        In the ColorPicker control, when the IsAlphaEnabled is set to true, this is not accessible.
                                        1. The label for the RGB hex field when it accepts the alpha channel is incorrect. Currently it reads, "RGB hex...". it should read "Alpha RGB Hex" and also provide formatting requirements to prevent mistakes.

                                        2. Auto formatting is incorrect for 8digits. If I enter a 6 digit Hex value. That 6 digit hex value is by default a 100% opacity. I would expect the auto formatting to respect this. It's as simple as replacing the "0" with "F". For users with vision…

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                                        • GridView multiple selection using mouse rectangle selection

                                          UWP's Gridview has only Single/Extended/Multiple selection methods. There is no selection method by mouse rectangle selection, like we select in windows explorer. i.e. click-drag to draw a rectangle to select multiple GridView items, using mouse.

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