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Ben Hayat
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Ben Hayat asked on 22 Mar 2011, 01:27 AM
In previous generation of demos, the Theme was independent of which demo you selected and it stayed the same through the entire session. For example if I wanted to see how different samples of grid works in "Summer" or Transparent" theme, I'd set the theme and I could then test each sample.

In this new demo, the Theme only works with the first demo of each control and not all the samples and secondly, it does not stay to the selected theme if you switch to another control. Keeps going back to Windows7.

The demos are very important tool for us during development to verify our app with your demo or perhaps test something before we try. The theme is also very important part.

Is it possible to fix this to previous behavior?
Thank you in Advance!
..Ben

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Kalin Milanov
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answered on 23 Mar 2011, 04:42 PM
Hello Ben Hayat,

I would like to thank you for the feedback as it is an invaluable part of improving on our controls and their presentation. That said I would like to share a bit of information as to why we have decided to change the theming of the online demos. 

The themes are indeed an integral part of Telerik controls, however they are in no way related to their functionality. Every example in the demos works in exact same way with every theme. Furthermore, when building an application, more often than not you will have a context, an overall design, maybe some branding guidelines. You will want it to look cool therefore in real world you choose a theme and you stick to it. And that is exactly what we did. After a lot of thought and analysis we decided to focus on functionality of the controls and chose Windows 7 theme as the one which will best fit the new demos app. This also helps us achieve what is, in my opinion, the best presentation of Silverlight controls on the market to date.

We currently have no plans of returning to the old ways but we do have plans of improving on our themes presentation.

Greetings,
Kalin Milanov
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answered on 23 Mar 2011, 05:19 PM
Thank you Kalin for the detail reply; i do agree with your statement and reasoning. I was mainly pointing out that, some of the previous flexibility was removed. But the new design, however makes up for it.

Thanks!
..Ben
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