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  1. Build the next generation UI language inspired by more readable languages

    Code is read more often than it is written, and it's harder to read unfamiliar code than it is to write new code.

    XML is not very readable. It makes a less-than-ideal basis for XAML. I suggest that the next-gen UI language be modeled from more readable languages, such as QML or YAML.

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      Thank you for your feedback on this idea. We have reviewed this and we will not be able to complete this suggestion in the foreseeable future.
      Harikrishna Menon
      Program Manager @ Visual Studio

    • Metro style for WPF (Touchable Controls)

      Win8 Desktop has WON THE WAR to Windows RT! On tablets and desktops!
      But touch devices are the future (ON DESKTOP too, although somebody NOT WANT!)
      WPF controls need to adapt to touchable devices and... merge with Windows Store Apps and WP81!!!

      Ideas from Codeplex:
      https://elysiumextra.codeplex.com/
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGM_uBy99GA

      But Native WPF, of course!!! Thank!

      8 votes
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      • Make bindable Binding.Source, Binding.Path and Binding.Parameter

        Please make Binding.Source, Binding.Path and Binding.Parameter bindable, or at least some of them. This will allow dramatic code simplification. For example, binding to a variable property without Dynamic Properties ICustomTypeProvider, without Reflection and without complex MultiBindings with converters.

        6 votes
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        • First class, generic properties (see Rx) and use of first class observable events (IObservable).

          It's a pity that WPF's property and event systems are island in the middle of a bunch of other great runtime-level and library-level enhancements to key concepts like generic properties and observable events. The snippets required for DPs and such are the best testimonials of this archeology.

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          • Support additional region and language settings

            There is no way to pass the current culture with to WPF. The IETF language tag is not enough, since all changes in the region and language format settings will be dismissed.

            The only workarounds so far are to pass the converter culture to every single binding or to bind only strings.

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            • Add WPF Business Application project template, similar to Silverlight

              Similar to the Silverlight Business Application template: A starting point for new developers which includes navigation, basic layout, perhaps some ViewModel pattern stuff.

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              • Make WPF the sole STANDARD for building UI on ALL form factors of Windows.

                Instead of having different models/APIs to build a UI for an application (whether Universal Apps or a Win32). WPF (or a more standardized similar form) should be the STANDARD for building ANY UI, and the developer should choose whether to optimize their UI for touch or desktop.
                WPF (or this new standard) should incorporate (abstract) ALL other technologies (like native DirectX 11/12 support) and should have an easier, more complete toolset for tasks like building controls, binding, and globalization. Make this the standard of building simple or complex resolution/dpi agnostic, hardware accelerated UI for the unforeseeable future, with full support…

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                  Harikrishna Menon
                  Program Manager @ Visual Studio

                • Add a native RDLC Viewer

                  the is not report support in WPF. Making a native RDLC Viewer without wrappnig the WinForms version would be nice

                  6 votes
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                  • 5 votes
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                    • Port the LayoutStates from Silverlight 4

                      Animating items insertion and removal makes UI a lot nicer. But it's very hard to do without proper platform support, and you usual have to pollute your data model; and write hacks to prevent execution of commands on removed items, and so on...

                      Moreover this increases the compatibility surface between WPF and SL.

                      5 votes
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                      • Provide a Simplified Webcam/Mic API like Silverlight 4

                        Both for Silverlight compatibility and for just ease of use reasons. The API in Silverlight 4 is really simple to use. The analogs in the WPF space are significantly more complex. Understood that this may mean implementing some of the SL media pipeline as a consequence.

                        5 votes
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                        • XAML simplefication

                          Hi, it will make developers much more happy if you can simplify XAML syntax and usage, like what you have done to ASP.Net.
                          XAML did not have any major simplification, since it started.

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                          • Either support WPF-Visual-to-Metafile API or support new XPS clipboard format in MS Office

                            I'd like to paste the WPF vector output into MS Office. If Metafile export isn't supported then how about an XPS clipboard format that MS Office can consume.

                            4 votes
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                            • Add project-wide xmlns declaration and apply to all xaml files similar to aspx project-wide imports

                              Avoid having to repeat xmlns:foo in every xaml file in a project.

                              4 votes
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                              • Implement MDI window management

                                Both WPF and Silverlight are lacking any window management framework. Those coming from MFC and WinForms know what I mean. We need support in the framework (not just PnP solutions)

                                4 votes
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                                • Create Windows Forms to WPF Conversion Wizard in Visual Studio

                                  Convert at least the UI to XAML. Similar in concept to the old VB6 to VB.NET wizard. This would help people who want to convert to WPF from Windows Forms. Understood that many third-party controls may not have analogs in the WPF world.

                                  4 votes
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                                    While we will continue to make the WPF tools in Visual Studio better with each release (example: Xaml Edit-and-Continue is VS “15”), we have no plans to implement a converter from Windows Forms to WPF at this time.

                                    Thanks,
                                    Visual Studio Team

                                  • Implement Deep Zoom / MultiScaleImage

                                    Would like this both for feature parity and to provide direct support for the creation of something like a native WPF Bing Maps control. Bridging in Silverlight apps or hosting a web page are not ideal solutions

                                    3 votes
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                                        • Windows 8 Touch keyboard in WPF

                                          Please implement a simple way to show and control the Windows 8 Touch keyboard from WPF.
                                          Something like this: http://brianlagunas.com/showing-windows-8-touch-keyboard-wpf/
                                          But it would be nice if it's not a need to disable the RealTimeStylus!

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