A LAYOUT PANEL may be created by specifying a range of cells in the Excel Range Wizard.
Download, import, examine in the EASAP Builder, and Test the new functionality in: LAYOUT PANEL example EASAP
A LAYOUT PANEL creates a highly configurable rectangular area for GUI objects in an EASAP.
In a SUB PANE CSS-style for child objects is adjusted in one of two ways:
With LAYOUT PANEL an Author does not need to choose between an inheritable and customizable style, or, an Excel-derived style.
For a LAYOUT PANEL and its child objects:
|Show if:||Enter a logical expression to apply to this object and any child objects
This object and child object(s) are shown if this object's and every parent's Show if: is true
(ie. parent of parent,…etc… and so on up the Tree)
Default: true (also the default for other object's Show if: parameter)
|Enable if:||Enter a logical expression or leave blank to inherit expression from the first non-blank parent Enable if:
If expression is true child object value(s) may be modified, otherwise child object(s) will be greyed-out and disabled
Default: <blank> (ie. inherit expression from parent, or if parent is <blank>, parent of parent…, up the Tree)
Top level Enable if: is true by default, thus a chain of objects with the default Enable if: <blank> are enabled
|Layout:||Select placement of any child objects
Default: VERTICAL, HORIZONTAL, GRID
when Layout: GRID
| Enter the dimensions of a 'rows x columns' grid for child objects using integers in the form 'rows,columns'
For example: 5,7 for a 'calendar month grid of days'
|Style:||Enter literal CSS text, a USER INTERFACE STYLE or a SCALAR reference that controls visual appearance|
|Style to Child:||Select whether child objects may inherit the Style: of this TABBED PANE
Each child's Style: which is not blank will take precedence over the parent's Style:
|Columns Widths:||Set by the Excel Range Wizard, not intended for direct input|
|Rows Heights:||Set by the Excel Range Wizard, not intended for direct input|
|Rowspan:||Set the number of cells to vertically span across in the parent LAYOUT PANEL or SUB PANE with Layout: GRID|
|Colspan:||Set the number of cells to horizontally span across in the parent LAYOUT PANEL or SUB PANE with Layout: GRID|
The Excel Range Wizard may import an Excel chart via an Author-selected region.
The Range Wizard sometimes adds some extra space around the edge of the actual chart (often extra rows appear below the image).
There are two ways to remedy this manually:
The Excel Range Wizard 2.0 will take a spreadsheet and a range of cells and create a LAYOUT PANEL and child GUI objects which mimic the Excel look and layout of those cells within an EASAP.
The exact details that specify this look and layout are set as a string of CSS attributes in LAYOUT PANEL > Style:
Although a discussion of Cascading Style Sheets are outside the scope of the EASA Help Pages the primary reference may be found at,
One straightforward alternative to editing individual CSS attributes is to create a USER INTERFACE STYLE referred to in Style: or else to set Style: to a blank string which leaves just the GUI object without any extra formatting.