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  • Images associated with a button in a window
  • Overview
  • Special case: the button states are managed via images
  • Animation
  • Image and text positioning
  • Customize the shape of button via the style
  • Images associated with a button in a page
  • Advanced configuration of images
  • Configuring the display mode (button in a window)
  • Image of multilingual button
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Images and buttons
Overview
To optimize the appearance of your screens or sites, you have the ability to use images in your buttons.
Images associated with a button in a window
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Overview

In a window, two types of images can be used to define the image associated with a button:
  • image: this image will be stacked on the button regardless of its shape. Example: button with an image and without border:
    Tip: For better results, the image must be 5 pixels smaller than the button size (in width and in height).
  • image of button border: this image is used to easily redefine the button shape. For example:
These images are selected during the button description ("General" tab):
Notes: Notes:
  • To choose images (border and pictos) among a library of images supplied with WINDEV or WINDEV Mobile, expand the Drop-down button button and select "Catalog".
  • To edit the image options (display mode, symmetry, ...), expand the Drop-down button button and select "Display options, transparency, symmetry" (see Configuring the display mode (button in a window)).
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Special case: the button states are managed via images

WINDEV and WINDEV Mobile allow you to manage the different button states: normal, pressed, grayed, current and rollover. See The states of a button for more details.
If the states of the button are managed by images, you can:
  • use two images (a border image and an image) each containing 5 states . This solution allows you to stack the image on the border image and to re-use the border image with another image.
  • include the image in the border image. Only the border image will be specified in the description of image control.
Idle, pressed, grayed, selected, hovered button
Idle, pressed, grayed, selected, hovered button
If the image contains several states, WINDEV allows you to manage:
  • the image enlargement (if the button size is greater than the image for example). Several possibilities are available:
    • No stretching
    • Stretching in width (3 images). The dividing rule is as follows:
      • the image is divided into three sections
      • the section 1 corresponds to the left area
      • the section 3 corresponds to the right area
      • the section 2 corresponds to the middle area. The size of this section is equal to 16 pixels. This part will be repeated as many times as necessary in order for the button image to have the requested size.
    • Stretching in width and in height.
    • Versions 16 and later
      Adaptation of image via the 9-image mode.
      New in version 16
      Adaptation of image via the 9-image mode.
      Adaptation of image via the 9-image mode.
  • WINDEVWindows a halo around the button.
    To avoid the display problems when several buttons are positioned side by side, the halo size must be defined in pixels (width and height).
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Animation

You also have the ability to animate the images of buttons. To do so, the button can:
  • use an animated image. In this case, the image of the button corresponds to an animated image format (animated Gif for example). The animation is automatically managed.
  • use an image that will be animated by WINDEV or WINDEV Mobile. In this case, the image contains all animation drawings (the horizontal drawings represent the button states). The number of steps in the animation must be specified in the "General" tab of the description window of Button control.
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Image and text positioning

When an image contains a caption and a picto (image), you have the ability to configure the relative position of image and text in the control style:
  1. Display the description window of Button control ("Description" from the popup menu).
  2. Display the "Style" tab.
  3. Select the "Caption" element and configure the caption position via the "Position" option.
Versions 19 and later
WINDEV The "Free positioning" option allows you entirely manage the position of image and caption. The arrow beside the option allows you to access the configuration window:
The red section corresponds to the caption area and the blue section corresponds to the image area. You can:
  • Configure one of the button states or all button states.
  • Specify the exact position of image and caption (to the pixel).
  • Specify a different anchoring for the image and caption.
Notes:
  • the free positioning can only be used if the button used a specific pictogram. If the pictogram is included in the background image, the free positioning is not available.
  • Once the free positioning was defined for a button, the option "Edit the position of the caption and picto" (popup menu of button) allows you to display the window for configuring the positioning.
  • The arrow buttons propose several options allowing you to easily handle the image or caption: Snap up, Snap down, Center, ...
New in version 19
WINDEV The "Free positioning" option allows you entirely manage the position of image and caption. The arrow beside the option allows you to access the configuration window:
The red section corresponds to the caption area and the blue section corresponds to the image area. You can:
  • Configure one of the button states or all button states.
  • Specify the exact position of image and caption (to the pixel).
  • Specify a different anchoring for the image and caption.
Notes:
  • the free positioning can only be used if the button used a specific pictogram. If the pictogram is included in the background image, the free positioning is not available.
  • Once the free positioning was defined for a button, the option "Edit the position of the caption and picto" (popup menu of button) allows you to display the window for configuring the positioning.
  • The arrow buttons propose several options allowing you to easily handle the image or caption: Snap up, Snap down, Center, ...
WINDEV The "Free positioning" option allows you entirely manage the position of image and caption. The arrow beside the option allows you to access the configuration window:
The red section corresponds to the caption area and the blue section corresponds to the image area. You can:
  • Configure one of the button states or all button states.
  • Specify the exact position of image and caption (to the pixel).
  • Specify a different anchoring for the image and caption.
Notes:
  • the free positioning can only be used if the button used a specific pictogram. If the pictogram is included in the background image, the free positioning is not available.
  • Once the free positioning was defined for a button, the option "Edit the position of the caption and picto" (popup menu of button) allows you to display the window for configuring the positioning.
  • The arrow buttons propose several options allowing you to easily handle the image or caption: Snap up, Snap down, Center, ...
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Customize the shape of button via the style

You have the ability to configure the shape of button via the style options.
To configure the shape of button:
  1. Display the "Style" tab in the description window of button.
  2. Select the "Outside border" element.
  3. In the "Border" section, select the requested border.
  4. Use the arrow button to configure the border (the configuration options differ according to the type of selected border).
  5. Validate.
Notes:
  • Some options are not visible if the button includes a border/background image.
  • Versions 21 and later
    The "Round" border is used to get a round button.
    In this case:
    • the transparency is automatically supported.
    • The click is adapted to the shape: if the user clicks the corner of control, outside the circle, the click is ignored.
    New in version 21
    The "Round" border is used to get a round button.
    In this case:
    • the transparency is automatically supported.
    • The click is adapted to the shape: if the user clicks the corner of control, outside the circle, the click is ignored.
    The "Round" border is used to get a round button.
    In this case:
    • the transparency is automatically supported.
    • The click is adapted to the shape: if the user clicks the corner of control, outside the circle, the click is ignored.
Images associated with a button in a page
Advanced configuration of images
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Configuring the display mode (button in a window)

When describing the images used for a button, the display mode of images can be configured via the button. You have the ability to manage:
  • the display mode of image
  • its rotation
  • its transparency
  • its symmetry.
Note: If the image is multilingual, the configuration of display mode applies to all selected image files.
When describing the images used for a button, you have the ability to configure the display mode of images:
  1. Click the Drop-down button button.
  2. In the menu that is displayed, select "Display options, transparency, symmetry".
  3. In the window that is displayed, you can to configure:
    • the display mode of image
    • its rotation
    • its transparency
    • its symmetry.
Note: If the image is multilingual, this configuration applies to all languages.

Image of multilingual button

If your site or application is multilingual, a different button image can be selected for each language. This option is useful when the images associated with the button contain the caption of the button.
To manage the multilingual images:
  1. Display the description of Button control.
  2. Click found beside the image path. The window for managing multilingual images is displayed. By default, the same file is associated with all the languages supported by the window or by the page.
  3. For each language, click the [...] button and select the image corresponding to the language. At run time, the corresponding button image will be displayed according to the language chosen by Nation.
  4. Validate. The "Multilingual value" caption appears in the image name.
To manage the multilingual images:
  1. Display the description of Button control.
  2. Click the Drop-down button button found beside the image path.
  3. Select the "Multilingual" option.
  4. The window for managing multilingual images is displayed. By default, the same file is associated with all the languages supported by the window or by the page.
  5. For each language, click the Drop-down button button. You can:
    • Select the image corresponding to the language on your computer ("Browse" option).
    • Select the image corresponding to the language in the image catalog ("Catalog" option).
    At run time, the corresponding button image will be displayed according to the language chosen by Nation.
  6. Validate. The "Multilingual value" caption appears in the image name.
Minimum required version
  • Version 9
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