Ribbon Bar

UXRibbonBar is the industry's first Silverlight & WPF ribbon bar control that delivers sophisticated fluid resizing capability based on Office 2010 specifications. It is packed with a vast array of sophisticated features, ranging from built-in button variants, contextual tab, backstage view, to pixel-perfect layout rendering and more.

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Ribbon Bar

Office 2010 Ribbon Specifications

UXRibbon sets a new groundbreaking standard on the fluent user interface metaphor – thanks to the modern API and design implementation that conforms to the latest Office ribbon specifications. It has all the wonderful features your users demanded – from dozens of button variants, quick access toolbar, and application menu to backstage view and state-of-the-art gallery.

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Ultra Smooth Fluent Resizing

UXRibbon is the industry's first Silverlight & WPF ribbon bar control that delivers sophisticated fluid resizing capability without trading-off performance, and provides smooth user experiences identical to Office 2010's ribbon. It measures every account to produce accurate results to meet the strict adaptive layout requirements such as the tab group resizing that responds to the space changes which naturally reflects the state of the button and ribbon-aware controls within.

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Sophisticated Backstage View

Built from the ground up to create Office's latest ribbon user experiences, UXRibbon employs modern API and design that directly refers to the Office 2010 specification. One of the results is the application menu user interface with sophisticated backstage view support. Despite of its built-in rich design, you can easily customize the theme of the application menu through property set which will be consistently applied across the backstage elements such as the backstage decorator, menu selection state and the backstage active item. You can place any UI elements as the content of the backstage view.

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Rich Ribbon Controls

UXRibbon is a state-of-the-art ribbon control power packed with a multitude of innovative features such as hybrid gallery list, smart text wrapping, quick access toolbar, application menu, context menu, and smart tooltips. It also includes numerous Ribbon-aware controls like UXRibbonComboBox, UXRibbonFieldLabel and other input controls – empowering your business applications with great user experiences.

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UXRibbon includes numerous built-in buttons that are specifically designed to work with the UXRibbonBar control. These button controls implement IRibbonControl interface which enable smart layout synchronization in response to the ribbon's fluent resizing process. Among the most frequently used button controls are UXRibbonButton, UXRibbonDropDownButton, UXRibbonSplitButton and UXRibbonToggleButton.

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Contextual Tab

UXRibbon includes full support for contextual tab metaphor as mentioned in the Office ribbon specifications. It also supports multiple contextual groups to be activated at the same time. UXRibbon implements many built-in user experience features out-of-the-box, which makes the control incredibly easy-to-use. For instances, the first tab will be automatically selected when it's shown. This behavior can be further customized through the AutoSelectMode property available in the contextual tab group.

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Smart Key Tip

One of the most important UX aspects in Ribbon UI metaphor is the keyboard accessibility. Ribbon UI changes the paradigm of the classic dropdown menu into a modern, visually-appealing tabbed command interface – while at the same time continue to support keyboard accessibility through the "Key Tips" feature.

UXRibbon implements the key tips feature according to the latest Office's ribbon specification. The key tips feature is supported on all controls that implement IRibbonKeyTipAction interface such as UXRibbonButton, UXRibbonDropDownButton, UXRibbonToolBarButton and much more. In addition, UXRibbon also supports hierarchical/nested key tips such as in dropdown and menu items.

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Rich User Experiences

Many user experience aspects are built into UXRibbon without requiring additional property sets. For instances, users can press arrow keys to navigate between items in application menu, double click on tab to minimize the ribbon, click on a tab when in minimized mode to show the ribbon in a floating modal popup, and more.

It is the only ribbon control in the industry that manages logical focus appropriately which automatically return the last focus after users finished interacting with the ribbon control. Such detailed yet important user experience aspects are essential to create powerful applications that are both rich and usable.

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