With the 2010 SP2 release (0924), RadPanelBar inherits from RadTreeView and its focus mechanism behaves properly for a hierarchical ItemsControl (RadPanelBar
is a hierarchical ItemsControl
The focus behavior your are looking for belongs to a control which is more like a TabControl (inheriting from ItemsControl
and its items being HeaderedContentControl
We've decided that we will not be changing the focus behavior or RadPanelBar but instead introduce a new control called Accordion (see the Silverlight Toolkit Samples
for more info).
During Q1 2011 we will be working on implementing an Accordion. This control will have a panel similar to the panel of RadPanelBar, but will not be hierarchical this providing you with the focus mechanism you want.
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