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Skin rules - Completing the Create or Save As form

Create a skin or update an existing one to specify the presentation aspects of your application.

Creating a skin

  1. Click Create User Interface Skin .
  2. In the Label field, enter a descriptive name for the skin to indicate its purpose.
  3. Click Create and open.
  4. Use the tabs of the Skin rule form to complete the following tasks:
    • Component styles (custom style formats)—Define the style within the skin for components such as layouts, controls, and reports. You can define various style formats for each component and reference the formats on property panels in sections, harnesses, and controls.

    • About mixins —Mixins define a reusable typography, border, or background style, or a combination of these styles. Use mixins to enforce consistency across your user interface, maximize re-use, and minimize future maintenance.

    • Included styles—Use the Included styles tab to add additional style sheets to the skin. You can also enable and disable automatic generation of the work form CSS on this tab.

Updating a skin

  1. Accessing a skin
  2. Use the tabs of the Skin rule form to complete the updates.

Key parts:

A Skin rule has a single key part:

Field Description
Label Type a name for the skin that begins with a letter, and uses only letters, numbers, and hyphens.

Rule resolution

When searching for a Skin rule, the system

  • Filters candidate rules based on a requestor's RuleSet list of RuleSets and versions
  • Finds circumstance-qualified rules that override base rules

The class hierarchy is not relevant to rule resolution for skin rules. Time-qualified circumstances are not supported for skin rules.

  • Skin rules

    Use the skin to specify the presentation of your content. You can style all presentation elements of your interface in the skin, including typography, borders, backgrounds, layouts, and the placement and alignment of elements.

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