.NET MAUI: Label issue, Overflowing Texts in StackLayouts

In this blog post, we will explore a known issue affecting the Label UserControl in .NET MAUI when used within a StackLayout. We will explain how this problem manifests and the temporary solution proposed by the Microsoft team.

The Issue


The problem arises when using the Label UserControl inside a StackLayout UserControl. Despite setting the parent UserControl’s width and height, the Label does not respect these dimensions and overflows its content. This can lead to visual glitches and unintended behavior in the application’s user interface.

Reproducing the Issue


To replicate the issue, follow these steps:

  1. Add a Grid with a column width of *
  2. Add a StackLayout as the only child of the Grid
  3. Add a background color to the StackLayout for better visibility of the issue
  4. Add a Label with content that exceeds the available width and can’t fit on a single line.

For example

<Grid>
    <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
        <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
    </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>

    <StackLayout BackgroundColor="LightGray">
        <Label Text="This is a very long text that will overflow the StackLayout width." />
    </StackLayout>
</Grid>

The Proposed Solution


While the Microsoft team is actively working on addressing this issue, a temporary solution is available to mitigate the problem. By setting the IsClippedToBounds parameter of the StackLayout to true, we can prevent the Label from overflowing its parent’s boundaries.

What does IsClippedToBounds do?


IsClippedToBounds is a property of the StackLayout that determines whether its children should be clipped to fit within the bounds of the parent container. When this property is set to true, any content that extends beyond the StackLayout’s boundaries will be clipped and hidden, ensuring that it does not visually overflow the container.

A tiny disadvantage

While setting the IsClippedToBounds property can help mitigate the issue of overflowing content in a StackLayout, it comes with its own set of limitations. One significant drawback is that it restricts the control from growing both horizontally and vertically within the parent container.

Implementation of the Temporary Solution


To apply the temporary solution to our issue, we simply need to add the IsClippedToBounds="True" attribute to the StackLayout:

<Grid>
    <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
        <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
    </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>

    <StackLayout BackgroundColor="LightGray" IsClippedToBounds="True">
        <Label Text="This is a very long text that will overflow the StackLayout width." />
    </StackLayout>
</Grid>

Conclusion


The .NET MAUI Label UserControl issue affecting StackLayout is an acknowledged problem by the Microsoft team. While a permanent fix is being developed, we can use the IsClippedToBounds property as a temporary solution to prevent the Label from overflowing its parent’s boundaries. Keep an eye on future updates from Microsoft to stay informed about the resolution of this issue and any other improvements they bring to the .NET MAUI framework. Happy coding!

https://github.com/dotnet/maui/issues/12895

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.NET MAUI: Bug – GestureRecognizers are not working on some views

In the world of software development, bugs can occasionally arise, causing unexpected behavior in our applications. In this blog post, we will explore a bug affecting TapGestureRecognizers in .NET MAUI apps, specifically on certain Views like frames. We’ll discuss the symptoms of this bug and provide a practical workaround to ensure that TapGestureRecognizers properly fire events or execute commands.

Symptoms

The bug we are addressing is related to TapGestureRecognizers not functioning as expected on specific Views, such as frames, in .NET MAUI apps. This issue prevents TapGestureRecognizers from triggering events or executing commands, leading to a loss of interactivity for the affected Views.

Workaround

To overcome this bug, we can utilize a simple workaround that involves creating a transparent BoxView on top of the desired interaction area. By setting the InputTransparent property of the BoxView to false, we allow it to capture touch events, effectively acting as an overlay for the affected View. We can then assign the TapGestureRecognizer to the transparent BoxView to regain the desired interactivity.

First, identify the View that is experiencing the issue with TapGestureRecognizers. In this example, let’s assume we have a Frame control that should respond to tap events but is currently affected by the bug. Add a Transparent BoxView Within the same container as the affected View, add a BoxView control. Set its BackgroundColor property to Transparent to ensure it remains invisible to the user. Assign TapGestureRecognizer to the Transparent BoxView Inside the GestureRecognizers collection of the transparent BoxView, assign the TapGestureRecognizer with the desired event handling or command execution logic. You can bind the command property to a command in your view model or handle the event in code-behind. Position the transparent BoxView over the affected View, ensuring that it covers the same area where the TapGestureRecognizer should have been applied. By making the BoxView transparent and setting InputTransparent to false, it allows touch events to pass through, reaching the TapGestureRecognizer.

<BoxView BackgroundColor="Transparent" InputTransparent="False">
    <BoxView.GestureRecognizers>
        <TapGestureRecognizer Command="{Binding YourCommand}" />
    </BoxView.GestureRecognizers>
</BoxView>

Note: It’s important to keep in mind that this workaround is intended as a temporary solution until the bug is officially addressed and fixed by the .NET MAUI team. Stay up to date with the latest releases and bug fixes to ensure that you can eventually transition to the official resolution. Please remember to regularly check the official .NET MAUI documentation, release notes, and bug tracking system for any updates regarding this bug and its resolution.

https://github.com/dotnet/maui/issues/8895#issuecomment-1301620712

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