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Expand when does not work for Repeating Dynamic Layouts



Section A is collapsible and contains a grid repeat layout. It is embedded in its parent, section B. Section A should be expanded when a row selection has not been made and collapsed once a selection has been made. When a user clicks a row in the grid repeat layout in section A , copy the selection and refresh the parent section B. When the parent section B refreshes, the collapsible header ends up expanded. On refreshing the whole harness instead of the parent section B, section A is collapsed.


This works as per the design. Expand when configuration honors the state of layout in design time and executes the when rule only during initial load. But once the layout is expanded manually or through server side when condition, it remains in expanded state for further AJAX requests. It is designed this way to always honor the user preference ahead of the expand when. There may be use cases where in the user expands the layout manually and expects the layout to remain expanded irrespective of whether the when condition is true / false. Also we have to keep in mind that this is expand when condition and not collapse when condition
How expand when works ?
Expand when is controlled by a hidden input field with name ExpandedSubSectionXXYY (where XX - section name and YY - layout id)
On Initial load,
* If expand when wins - layout will be expanded and hidden input field will be set to true
* If expand when fails - design time setting will be honored and input field will be set to blank

No Design Time Config Expand When Run time (on load) Hidden input
1 Collapsed True Expanded True
2 Collapsed False Collapsed  
3 Expanded True Expanded True
4 Expanded False Collapsed  

For conditions 1 & 3 -> Since the hidden input field is set to true, expand when condition will not be executed after initial load.
For Condition 2 & 4 -> If the user expands the layout manually, then hidden input field will be set to true and hence forth expand when condition will not be executed in server.
Possible Work Around:
Setting hidden input field parameter to,

  • False -> will collapse the layout

  • True -> will expand the layout

  • Blank("") -> will execute the evaluate when rule


In this case, since onclick of grid row, the grid should be collapsed, the parameter should be set to 'false'.
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Published January 31, 2016 - Updated October 8, 2020

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