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How can I add a new property to a custom Xamarin.Android control in AXML?

ChrisSwainChrisSwain USMember, University ✭✭

I'm extending the TextView control in C# and want to add a new property called MaxTextSize and use that property in my AXML file. For some reason it is not recognized there. I can find the control in C# and set the property there, but not in the AXML file as an attribute. Here is the code snippet:

//Set the upper text size limit and invalidate the view
        public void SetMaxTextSize(float maxTextSize)
            _maxTextSize = maxTextSize;

        //Return upper text size limit
        public float GetMaxTextSize()
            return _maxTextSize;

        public float MaxTextSize
            get { return _maxTextSize; }
                _maxTextSize = value;

And the AXML:

            p1:layout_gravity="center_vertical" />

Best Answer


  • ChrisSwainChrisSwain USMember, University ✭✭

    Thanks Lori! Exactly what I needed.

    I wish there was a guide article on creating custom Xamarin.Android controls. Both from scratch and by inheriting from existing controls. Perhaps one day.

  • LoriLalondeLoriLalonde CAInsider, University, Developer Group Leader ✭✭✭

    @ChrisSwain that's where blog posts come in :) I've been compiling a list of things to blog about based on the questions/issues that come up in the forums.

  • ChrisSwainChrisSwain USMember, University ✭✭
    edited September 2015

    @LoriLalonde - On a related note, is there a way to make the designer work with my new control? Right now it just shows a rectangle with the full namespace qualified control name as the text inside the control, and the designer says it is a control of type

  • LoriLalondeLoriLalonde CAInsider, University, Developer Group Leader ✭✭✭

    I came across the same issue when working on a custom control but haven't found a way to resolve it. I assumed it's a limitation of the designer, but it will be interesting to see if there is a way to get that to work.

  • ChrisSwainChrisSwain USMember, University ✭✭

    Hopefully someone on the forums can confirm our suspicions that designer support isn't possible. Or, even better, tell us it is possible and show us how! :)

  • HowardBaylissHowardBayliss USMember ✭✭

    Thanks Chris; your blog post helped me.

  • NeedNapNeedNap ITMember

    Hi have a base customButton class with custom attributes, than a roundedButton and circleButton classes that extends from it.
    In Xamarin designers I can't see custom attributes :(.

    What can I do to solve this issue?

  • Great post. I am also hoping to get this working fully in the designer. If I figure it out, I'll be sure to share the solution.

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