Flexbox

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Description

The FlexBox control is an HTML wrapper which you can use to create your own control or element. It was introduced in AppStudio 7. It has special styling features which let you easily position any controls inside the FlexBox.

It is based on the Container control, so it works in much the same way. In fact, the Container can also do FlexBox positioning: it also has the special styling features. (As do Header, GridColumn and GridRow).

It can be used to create customized HTML element by setting the HTMLTag property to <div> or the name of almost any other HTML element. The content property is the innerHTML of the element. It can be empty, simple text or a complex HTML structure.

The FlexBox control can also be used as a wrapper for other controls you have set up in your project. Add them to the Design Screen as usual, then right click in a FlexBox and use Add Child. The control will then move into the FlexBox. If you reposition the FlexBox, the included controls ("children") will move with it. Use right click Remove Child to take a child out of a FlexBox.

The positioning of controls in a FlexBox defaults to 'relative'. When a control is added to a FlexBox, its left and top properties are set to 'initial', and 'Float:left;' is added to the Style property. The result is that children in a FlexBox act as Responsive Design elements: element flow and reflow is based on the screen size. If property is set to 'absolute', the top and left properties explicitly set the position of the children.

All the usual events are supported. FlexBoxes can contain other FlexBoxes.

To add a FlexBox control to your app, choose the FlexBox icon in the Toolbar, then position it on the Design Screen. Use the Property Editor to set the properties you need. Right click in the FlexBox to add children.

At runtime, controls can be added as children using the addChild() function: FlexBox1.addChild(Button1).

alignContent

Modifies the behavior of the flex-wrap property. It is similar to align-items, but instead of aligning flex items, it aligns flex lines. display:flex must be set.

AlignContent.png

alignItems

Specifies the default alignment for items inside the flexible container. display:flex must be set.

AlignItems.png

flexDirection

Sets the direction of the flexible items inside the control. display:flex must be set.

FlexDirection.png

flexWrap

Specifies whether the flexible items should wrap or not. display:flex must be set.

FlexWrap.png

justifyContent

Aligns the flexible container's items when the items do not use all available space on the main-axis (horizontally). display:flex must be set.

JustifyContent.png

Properties

FlexBox Properties

alignContent Modifies the behavior of the flex-wrap property. It is similar to align-items, but instead of aligning flex items, it aligns flex lines. display:flex must be set.

stretch: Default value. Lines stretch to take up the remaining space:
center: Lines are packed toward the center of the flex container
flex-start: Lines are packed toward the start of the flex container
flex-end: Lines are packed toward the end of the flex container
space-between: Lines are evenly distributed in the flex container:
space-around: Lines are evenly distributed in the flex container, with half-size spaces on either end:
initial: Sets this property to its default value.
inherit: Inherits this property from its parent element.,

alignItems Specifies the default alignment for items inside the flexible container. display:flex must be set.

stretch: Default. Items are stretched to fit the container:
center: Items are positioned at the center of the container:
flex-start: Items are positioned at the beginning of the container
flex-end: Items are positioned at the end of the container:
baseline: Items are positioned at the baseline of the container:
initial: Sets this property to its default value.
inherit: Inherits this property from its parent element.,

flexDirection Sets the direction of the flexible items inside the control. display:flex must be set.

row: Default value. The flexible items are displayed horizontally, as a row:
row-reverse: Same as row, but in reverse order:
column: The flexible items are displayed vertically, as a column.
column-reverse: Same as column, but in reverse order:
initial: Sets this property to its default value.
inherit: Inherits this property from its parent element.,

flexWrap Specifies whether the flexible items should wrap or not. display:flex must be set.

nowrap: Default value. Specifies that the flexible items will not wrap:
wrap: Specifies that the flexible items will wrap if necessary:
wrap-reverse: Specifies that the flexible items will wrap, if necessary, in reverse order:
initial: Sets this property to its default value.
inherit: Inherits this property from its parent element. ,

justifyContent Aligns the flexible container's items when the items do not use all available space on the main-axis (horizontally). display:flex must be set.

flex-start: Default value. Items are positioned at the beginning of the container:
flex-end: Items are positioned at the end of the container:
center: Items are positioned at the center of the container:
space-between: Items are positioned with space between the lines
space-around: Items are positioned with space before, between, and after the lines
initial: Sets this property to its default value.
inherit: Inherits this property from its parent element.

Other Properties

Standard properties are supported, plus:

addChild(control) control is added to the Control. Runtime.
attributes A list of HTML attributes. To prevent jQuery Mobile from styling the element, use data-role=none. Attributes are separated by spaces. Design time.
center Centers the contents, horizontally and vertically. Only works if HTMLTag is 'div'.
class List of CSS classes to apply to the element. Class names are separated by spaces. Design time.
content The text to use in between the HTML tags. Can be text or HTML. Design time. At runtime, use .innerHTML.
HTMLTag The HTML tag of the control. Common values are div, button, text, ol, etc. For example. if value is 'button', then this HTML will be created: <button>content</button>. Design time.
innerHTML The text to use in between the HTML tags. Can be text or HTML. Run time. At Design Time,, use content.
position How children positioned. Default is 'relative': elements are positioned relative to each other and the size of the FlexBox. With 'absolute', controls are positioned within the FlexBox set by width and height. Other options are 'fixed' and 'static'. Design time.
style A list of style properties, each in the form styleName:value; Example: "height:40px; width:100px".Design time.

Events

Standard events are supported.

Examples

Change the color of the text

FlexBox1.style.color = "red"