Screen XML Descriptors

Screen descriptor is an XML file containing declarative definition of visual components, data components and some screen parameters.

For example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<window xmlns="http://schemas.haulmont.com/cuba/screen/window.xsd"
        caption="Sample Screen"

A descriptor has the window the root element.

The root element attributes:

  • class − name of a controller class.

  • messagesPack − a default message pack for the screen. It is used to obtain localized messages in the controller using getMessage() method and in the XML descriptor using message key without specifying the pack.

  • caption − window caption, can contain a link to a message from the above mentioned pack, for example,

  • focusComponent − identifier of a component which should get input focus when the screen is displayed.

Elements of the descriptor:

  • data − defines data components of the screen.

  • dialogMode - defines the settings of geometry and behavior of the screen when it is opened as a dialog.

    Attributes of dialogMode:

    • closeable - defines whether the dialog window has close button. Possible values: true, false.

    • closeOnClickOutside - defines if the dialog window should be closed by click on outside the window area, when the window has a modal mode. Possible values: true, false.

    • forceDialog - specifies that the screen should always be opened as a dialog regardless of what WindowManager.OpenType was selected in the calling code. Possible values: true, false.

    • height - sets the height of the dialog window.

    • maximized - if the true value is set, the dialog window will be maximized across the screen. Possible values: true, false.

    • modal - specifies the modal mode for the dialog window. Possible values: true, false.

    • positionX - sets the x position of the top-left corner of the dialog window.

    • positionY - sets the y position of the top-left corner of the dialog window.

    • resizable - defines whether the user can change the size of the dialog window. Possible values: true, false.

    • width - sets the width of the dialog window.

    For example:

    <dialogMode height="600"
  • actions – defines the list of actions for the screen.

  • timers – defines the list of timers for the screen.

  • layout − root element of the screen layout.