Databound Placeholder text

Placeholder text is the text shown as a hint to the User while the control is empty. As soon as the User enters a value, the placeholder text is not shown.

Input control with placeholder.png

The old way was a taggedvalue "Placeholder" along with the desired text to show "Enter a search string..." - this is deprecated.

The new way is to name an additional column with postfix _Placeholder in its name. The result of the expression will be used as a placeholder text.

This has been available in Turnkey since early 2022.

In WPF, you need to add code, since the out-of-the-box controls of WPF do not support placeholder texts.

If you use the excellent MaterialDesign (MaterialDesignThemes by James Willock) package, this code will get the effect:

      _wecpof = new WECPOFTabBased();
      ...
      _wecpof.OnAddWindow += (s, e) =>
      {
        e.Win.ViewModelUC.OnViewModelColumnPlacementDone += (s2, e2) =>
        {
          if (e2.Ctrl is System.Windows.Controls.TextBox || e2.Ctrl is System.Windows.Controls.ComboBox || e2.Ctrl is System.Windows.Controls.DatePicker)
          {
            var val = e2.Vcol.TaggedValueLocalAndModelInfo("Placeholder");
            if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(val))
              MaterialDesignThemes.Wpf.HintAssist.SetHint(e2.Ctrl, val);
            var dataForPlaceholder = e2.Vcol.ViewModelClass.ColumnFromName(e2.Vcol.RuntimeName + "_Placeholder");
            if (dataForPlaceholder != null)
            {
              if (e2.Ctrl is FrameworkElement)
              {
                var b = new System.Windows.Data.Binding(dataForPlaceholder.RuntimeName) { Source = e2.Vcol.ViewModelClass.BindingSource, Mode = System.Windows.Data.BindingMode.OneWay /*, Converter = new Eco.Xaml.PassthroughDebugConverter() */ };
                (e2.Ctrl as FrameworkElement).SetBinding(MaterialDesignThemes.Wpf.HintAssist.HintProperty, b);
              }
            }
          }
        };
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