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Specifying presentation options for a Button control

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Three predefined formats are available for buttons: Strong, Standard, and Simple. Using these formats consistently in your application makes the user interface more predictable and makes it easier for users to complete forms.

Add a button control to the layout. For more information, see Adding controls.
  1. On the Presentation tab of the Properties panel, set the Control format option to one of the following settings to indicate the button's relative importance:

    • Strong – Use this format for the primary action on a form. Use it only once per view.
    • Standard – Use this format as a secondary style for navigation and actions.
    • Simple – Use this format to indicate an action.
    • Other – Use a custom format created in the Skin rule. Press the Down Arrow key in the adjacent field to select the custom format.
  2. To convert existing customized Button controls to a predefined format, use the pzUpdateButtonLinkFormats activity.

  3. To add a label to the Button control, select the Include a label check box and in the adjacent field enter the text for the label or press the Down Arrow key and select a predefined label.

  4. To specify a format for the label, press the Down Arrow key in the Label format field and select one.

  5. Set advanced presentation options.

    Instead of creating a new custom format in the skin, you can adjust elements in a cell by applying Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) helper classes. For example, you can use a CSS helper class to center an element in a cell or to double the standard right margin for the element.

    • Cell read-write classes – Click the Open helper class picker icon to specify one or more CSS helper classes to apply to this cell when the form is displayed in read-write mode. You can enter several helper classes, separated by a space. Alternatively, you can enter the name of a custom style to apply to this cell.
    • Cell read-only classes – Click the Open helper class picker icon to specify one or more CSS helper classes to apply to this cell when the form is displayed in read-only mode. You can enter several helper classes, separated by a space. Alternatively, you can enter the name of a custom style to apply to this cell.
    • Inline style (not for production use) – You can use this field to define an inline style by entering CSS code. However, entering an inline style results in a guardrail warning. For maintainability and reuse, the recommended approach is to use read-write or read-only classes.
    For more information, see CSS helper classes.

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