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Szymon asked on 22 Aug 2008, 04:32 PM
I just started playing with the RadDatePikcer and overall it looks very good. I have only few comments at this point:

1. The control needs to provide the input mask for the user. Currently control allows any input and will not prompt user if it's not valid (it is simply discarded)
2. The zoom animation shouldn't play when drop down is expanding. It also plays when calendar is used as standalone control and I belive it should play only when user makes action.
3. Provide control descriptions that would show in toolbox in blend.
4. Support IsReadOnly property so the user can select and copy value but can't change it.
5. Add support for time input. The time picker would be nice but control should at least alow to enter time manually.
6. The drop down button in the default skin should be changed to look the same like in Vista: this means the down arrow with a calendar icon. The button shouldn't be a TabStop either.
7. Dropdown changes width when swiching from month view to any other view.
8. Add today button in the drop-down (optional).

This is all I found so far.

Thanks for the great work and I'm looking forward for the next release.


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answered on 25 Aug 2008, 07:46 AM
Hello Szymon,

Thank you for your comments! Some of the issues will be addressed in the service pack which will be released by the end of the month. Straight to the points:

1. We had a parser vs masked input debate when we were designing the DatePicker and then the parser was chosen. On a second thought the two can coexist, so I note that as a feature.

2. This is addressed in the service pack, thanks.

3. That is a good suggestion, we will look into it.

4. Read-only mode will be fixed in the service pack. In fact, there is a missing TemplateBinding in the current skin that "breaks" the IsReadOnly mode, I will be happy to send you the new ControlTemplate if you need it sooner.

5. The service pack will include a TimePicker for Silverlight that will be made available for WPF in the following release.

6. This is fixed in the service pack, thanks.

7. That was the initial beahviour of the Calendar and the DatePicker but I personally found it a bit user-unfriendly. The behaviour depends on some MinWidth/Height properties that are set in Xaml, I can send you the xaml if you wish to have the changing width/height.

8. That is in our todo-list.

Thank you again for your comments, this kind of feedback does help us improve our controls.

Best wishes,
the Telerik team

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