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Description

The container is a very important component. All components are always inside of a container, except for the special "Root Container" of each window (see  Window Properties ). A container is different than normal components in that it can contain other components, including other containers. Uses for containers include:

  • Organization . Containers can be used to group components together. These components can then easily be moved, copied, or deleted as a group. Furthermore, they will all be organized inside of their parent container in the project navigation tree, which makes them easier to find.
  • Re-usability . Containers allow a unique opportunity to create a complex component that is made up of multiple other components. The Container's ability to have dynamic properties aids this greatly. For instance, if you wanted to make your own custom HOA control, you can put three buttons inside of a container and configure them to all use a 'status' property that you add to their parent Container. Now you have built an HOA control that can be re-used and treated like its own component. The possibilities here are endless. Create a date range control that generates an SQL WHERE clause that can be used to control Charts and Tables. Create a label/button control that can be used to display datapoints, and pop up a parameterized window that displays meta-data (engineering units, physical location, notes, etc) about that datapoint. Creating re-usable controls with Containers containing multiple components is the key to rapid application development.
  • Layout . Containers are a great way to improve window aesthetics through borders and layout options.

To move a container around on a window, you need to hold the alt key while clicking and dragging.

Properties
NameDescriptionProperty TypeScriptingCategory
Background ColorThe background color of the component.Color.backgroundAppearance
BorderThe border surrounding this component. NOTE that the border is unaffected by rotation.Border.borderCommon
Combine RepaintsSet this to true for containers with many sub-components that need to redraw frequently (flashing, rotating, animating).boolean.combineRepaintsBehavior
CursorThe mouse cursor to use when hovering over this component.int.cursorCodeCommon
Data QualityThe data quality code for any tag bindings on this component.int.dataQualityData
FontFont of text on this component.Font.fontAppearance
Mouseover TextThe text that is displayed in the tooltip which pops up on mouseover of this component.String.toolTipTextCommon
NameThe name of this component.String.nameCommon
OpaqueIf false, backgrounds are not drawn. If true, backgrounds are drawn.boolean.opaqueCommon
StylesContains the component's styles.Dataset.stylesAppearance
TextureBackground texture image for this container.String.texturePathAppearance
Tile OptimizedIf true, this container's children should never overlap, and you'll get better painting performance.boolean.optimizedDrawingEnabledBehavior
VisibleIf disabled, the component will be hidden.boolean.visibleCommon
Scripting
Scripting Functions

This component does not have scripting functions associated with it.

Extension Functions

This component does not have extension functions associated with it. 

Event Handlers
 mouse
 mouseClicked

This event signifies a mouse click on the source component. A mouse click the combination of a mouse press and a mouse release, both of which must have occurred over the source component. Note that this event fires after the pressed and released events have fired.

.sourceThe component that fired this event
.buttonThe code for the button that caused this event to fire.
.clickCountThe number of mouse clicks associated with this event.
.xThe x-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.yThe y-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.popupTriggerReturns True (1) if this mouse event is a popup trigger. What constitutes a popup trigger is operating system dependent, which is why this abstraction exists.
.altDownTrue (1) if the Alt key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.controlDownTrue (1) if the Control key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.shiftDownTrue (1) if the Shift key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
 mouseEntered

This event fires when the mouse enters the space over the source component.

.sourceThe component that fired this event
.buttonThe code for the button that caused this event to fire.
.clickCountThe number of mouse clicks associated with this event.
.xThe x-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.yThe y-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.popupTriggerReturns True (1) if this mouse event is a popup trigger. What constitutes a popup trigger is operating system dependent, which is why this abstraction exists.
.altDownTrue (1) if the Alt key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.controlDownTrue (1) if the Control key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.shiftDownTrue (1) if the Shift key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
 mouseExited

This event fires when the mouse leaves the space over the source component.

.sourceThe component that fired this event
.buttonThe code for the button that caused this event to fire.
.clickCountThe number of mouse clicks associated with this event.
.xThe x-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.yThe y-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.popupTriggerReturns True (1) if this mouse event is a popup trigger. What constitutes a popup trigger is operating system dependent, which is why this abstraction exists.
.altDownTrue (1) if the Alt key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.controlDownTrue (1) if the Control key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.shiftDownTrue (1) if the Shift key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
 mousePressed

This event fires when a mouse button is pressed down on the source component.

.sourceThe component that fired this event
.buttonThe code for the button that caused this event to fire.
.clickCountThe number of mouse clicks associated with this event.
.xThe x-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.yThe y-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.popupTriggerReturns True (1) if this mouse event is a popup trigger. What constitutes a popup trigger is operating system dependent, which is why this abstraction exists.
.altDownTrue (1) if the Alt key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.controlDownTrue (1) if the Control key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.shiftDownTrue (1) if the Shift key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
 mouseReleased

This event fires when a mouse button is released, if that mouse button's press happened over this component.

.sourceThe component that fired this event
.buttonThe code for the button that caused this event to fire.
.clickCountThe number of mouse clicks associated with this event.
.xThe x-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.yThe y-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.popupTriggerReturns True (1) if this mouse event is a popup trigger. What constitutes a popup trigger is operating system dependent, which is why this abstraction exists.
.altDownTrue (1) if the Alt key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.controlDownTrue (1) if the Control key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.shiftDownTrue (1) if the Shift key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
 mouseMotion
 mouseDragged

Fires when the mouse moves over a component after a button has been pushed.

.sourceThe component that fired this event
.buttonThe code for the button that caused this event to fire.
.clickCountThe number of mouse clicks associated with this event.
.xThe x-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.yThe y-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.popupTriggerReturns True (1) if this mouse event is a popup trigger. What constitutes a popup trigger is operating system dependent, which is why this abstraction exists.
.altDownTrue (1) if the Alt key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.controlDownTrue (1) if the Control key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.shiftDownTrue (1) if the Shift key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
 mouseMoved

Fires when the mouse moves over a component, but no buttons are pushed.

.sourceThe component that fired this event
.buttonThe code for the button that caused this event to fire.
.clickCountThe number of mouse clicks associated with this event.
.xThe x-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.yThe y-coordinate (with respect to the source component) of this mouse event.
.popupTriggerReturns True (1) if this mouse event is a popup trigger. What constitutes a popup trigger is operating system dependent, which is why this abstraction exists.
.altDownTrue (1) if the Alt key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.controlDownTrue (1) if the Control key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
.shiftDownTrue (1) if the Shift key was held down during this event, false (0) otherwise.
 propertyChange
 propertyChange

Fires whenever a bindable property of the source component changes. This works for standard and custom (dynamic) properties.

.sourceThe component that fired this event
.newValueThe new value that this property changed to.
.oldValueThe value that this property was before it changed. Note that not all components include an accurate oldValue in their events.
.propertyNameThe name of the property that changed. NOTE: remember to always filter out these events for the property that you are looking for! Components often have many properties that change.
Examples
Customized Container with Border

Property NameValue
BorderTitled
Background Color255,232,204
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