Curtis Wensley edited this page Jun 29, 2015 · 8 revisions

Styling allows you to have platform-specific or common code applied to controls. The framework allows you to easily separate the non-platform specific Eto.Forms code from the platform-specific code, usually in different assemblies.

This also allows you to add custom platform-specific controls to your UI, but it is recommended to create Eto.Forms Custom Controls to allow interaction with the platform-specific code.

The style is applied using the Style property for each control. In the platform-specific assembly/launcher, you then add styles using the static Style.Add() methods.

To make your style apply to all created controls, pass a null as the style alias.


This example shows how to change the highlight style of a listview for MonoMac/Cocoa apps. Each time a list box is created with the style of "main-list", it will execute the platform-specific code.

In your Eto.Forms UI code:

var mylist = new ListBox { Style = "main-list" };

In your OS X app (usually called before the application starts):

Eto.Style.Add<ListBoxHandler>("main-list", handler => {
	handler.Control.SelectionHighlightStyle = NSTableViewSelectionHighlightStyle.SourceList;

You can also apply styles for any control without any native code:

Eto.Style.Add<TableLayout>("padded-table", table => {
	table.Padding = new Padding(10);
	table.Spacing = new Size(5, 5);
// will automatically get the padding & spacing applied
var myTable = new TableLayout { Style = "padded-table" };