I have a few questions/concerns on this new beta.
a) Is this control based on SL DataForm or is it like GridView that was done from ground up?
b) Are the "new" Masked editors used in this DataForm?
c) What's the advantage of RADDataForm v.s. SL DataForm?
d) Does this control have design time editor for building forms?
e) Is there any docs or info on the features of this control?
f) If we are using WCF RIA services and the fields are created by RIA, and then we attach the returned collection to this control's ItemSource, How do we control the ORDER which field shows first and next and etc.?
g) Can we via VS or Blend editor, visually add controls (RADMaskedEditor, RADCombo, RADDatePicker and etc.) manually, so we can control the look and feel and the order?
h) From the sample, I didn't see any Display Attributes to be used for the Label of each field. And looks like it's using the Property name. Does this control take advantage of the Attributes if present?
Q:GroupBox or GroupPanel for Q1:
Is the GroupBox going to make it for Q1? I would like to use GB in thr RADDataForm to group related TextBoxes together, i.e. Adrress Group, Contact Group, Account Group.
I was told we should see it by this time.
Q: Can the spell checker work live?:
As user is typing in TextBox or RichEditor, and they having spelling error, will your system immediately draw a red line to notify them of the typo? if not, mostly people will not manually select/press a button to check for their spelling. This is very important since everyone is used to it from websites and MS Word.
Q/concern: Mask Editor:
As I played with the Mask Editor (ME), in particular for entering currency, it looks very tedious to use for end user and requires lots of keystrokes and deleting extra 0 to get the right amount (if filled zero is ON). This will lead to more errors than as none masked.
For example if the masked was set as 9.2 (like in demo) and I want to enter $140 amount, I have to enter 140 and hit Delete key 8 times to get ride of all the extra zeros.
If I hit the X first and clear the field first and then enter 140 and press 4 tabs, I end up with $140,000,000 or 140,___,___,___.__
The maskedit should work just like a calculator. Users will complain with it's complexity and extra key stroke to get a number in.
I can see in cases like entering serial numbers to be this way, but for operator to enter $140, should be a matter or entering 140 plus Tab key.
On the Masked Date Input, I entered 0412199 (April 12th 1999) and the value returned was 12/4/1999.
Please take a look at these:
As you can see the UX is much more fluid and natural.
I'm concern of this new masked editor to be user unfriendly.
Looking forward to using these new controls.