Customizing the Text Rotator Blind With Styles

The Text Rotator Blind control can be skinned using the standard Silverlight method of setting Styles in the App.xaml file of your Silverlight project.

Example of how to Apply a Skin to the Text Rotator Blind

These styles are placed in your XAML and referred to using the Style property:

    <Style TargetType="local:TextRotatorBlind">
        <Setter Property="Background" Value="#ffffff" />
        <Setter Property="BorderBrush" Value="#a4a4a4" />
        <Setter Property="BorderThickness" Value="1" />
        <Setter Property="FontFamily" Value="Arial" />
        <Setter Property="FontSize" Value="14" />
        <Setter Property="Template">
                <ControlTemplate TargetType="local:TextRotatorBlind">
                    <Canvas x:Name="RootElement" Background="{TemplateBinding Background}">
                            <Storyboard x:Name="ElementOpen" BeginTime="0">
                                <DoubleAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="ElementTop" Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Canvas.Top)" />
                                <DoubleAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="ElementBottom" Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Canvas.Top)" />
                            <Storyboard x:Name="ElementClose" BeginTime="0">
                                <DoubleAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="ElementTop" Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Canvas.Top)" />
                                <DoubleAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="ElementBottom" Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Canvas.Top)" />
                            <Storyboard x:Name="ElementRotateOpen" BeginTime="0">
                                <DoubleAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="ElementTopProjection" From="0" To="90" />
                                <DoubleAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="ElementContentProjection" From="270" To="360" />
                            <Storyboard x:Name="ElementRotateClose" BeginTime="0">
                                <DoubleAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="ElementTopProjection" From="270" To="360" />
                                <DoubleAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="ElementContentProjection" From="0" To="90" />
                            <RectangleGeometry x:Name="ElementClipping" />
                        <ContentPresenter x:Name="ElementContent">
                                <PlaneProjection x:Name="ElementContentProjection" />
                        <ContentPresenter x:Name="ElementTop">
                                <PlaneProjection x:Name="ElementTopProjection" />
                                    <LinearGradientBrush StartPoint="0.5,0" EndPoint="0.5,1">
                                        <GradientStop Color="#ffffffff" Offset="0.0" />
                                        <GradientStop Color="#fff0f0f0" Offset="1.0" />
                                <StackPanel HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center">
                                    <TextBlock x:Name="ElementTopText" TextAlignment="Center" Text="" />
                                    <TextBlock x:Name="ElementBottomText" TextAlignment="Center" Text="" />
                                <TextBlock x:Name="ElementBottomSelectedText" HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Bottom" TextAlignment="Center" FontWeight="Bold" Margin="0 0 0 4" Text="" />
                        <Border x:Name="ElementBorder" BorderBrush="{TemplateBinding BorderBrush}" BorderThickness="{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}" CornerRadius="2" />

As you can see, styling is a powerful method of customizing the controls to suite the look and feel of your Silverlight application.

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