The page editor allows a user to define the end-user interface of a Mendix application.
To view the Pages of your app in the Web Modeler, click the Pages icon in the left menu bar of the Web Modeler.
The Web Modeler supports apps based on the Atlas UI framework only. For details on Atlas UI, see Atlas UI.
Pages of the Web Modeler consist of the following components:
- Layouts structure your pages. Every page is based on a layout. For example, Atlas_Default or PopupLayout are types of layouts you can choose when creating a page.
- Templates – a starting point for creating new pages. Every time you create a new page, you select a template depending on data you want to display on your page and the way you want to display it: a list, a dashboard, a form. For example, Dashboard Action Tiles, List Default, Master Detail are types of templates.
- Building blocks – pre-configured set of elements that speeds up the process of building your page and styling it. For more information, see section 5.1 Building Blocks.
- Widgets – single user-interface elements. For more information, see section 5.2. Widgets and Widgets in the Web Modeler.
The components described above are powered by Atlas UI. For more information, see Atlas UI.
3 Performing Basic Functions
3.1 Opening Pages
After opening the Web Modeler, it automatically opens the home page of the app.
To open a page in the Web Modeler, do the following:
Click the Pages icon in the left menu bar.
In the displayed list of app pages, select the one you want to open and click it.
The selected page is opened.
3.2 Creating a New Page
To create a new page in the Web Modeler, do the following:
- Click the Pages icon.
Click New in the top right corner of the displayed side panel.
In the Create new page dialog window, fill out the title of the page, select the layout and the page template.
A new page is created.
3.3 Deleting a Page
To delete a page in the Web Modeler, do the following:
- Open the page you want to delete.
- Open the Properties tab.
Click Delete at the bottom of the Properties tab.
The selected page is deleted.
3.4 Viewing Elements On a Page
To view an element and its properties, click this element.
The selected element is indicated with an blue border. Additionally, if the element is inside a data container (data view or a list view), it will be indicated with a data container icon.
4 Breadcrumb Trail
When you select an item on your page, there appears a breadcrumb trail in the left bottom corner of the Web Modeler.
The breadcrumb trail serves two functions:
- Shows a bottom-up layering of a selected item on a page
- Allows the user to select an element on the page and view its properties
For example, when you select a button on a page, you will see that it is placed in a container, which is in a column. Whereas, the column is in a row, and this row is placed in a layout grid on the page.
To view information on the element click this element in the breadcrumb trail and its properties are displayed automatically.
4.1 Viewing Navigation Layout Information with Breadcrumb Trail
You can also view the information on Navigation layout by clicking it in the breadcrumb trail.
The following options will be displayed in the Properties tab:
5 Toolbox Tab
The Toolbox shows the tools that can be used in the Page editor.
This tab consists of the following:
5.1 Building Blocks
Building blocks consist of pre-set widgets that allow you to build a page faster: you only need to drag-and-drop them to the page.
Building blocks of the Web Modeler are divided into the following categories:
|Headers||A header combines the functionality of a page title and a control bar for your page. Due to its compact design and versatility it is often used in mobile pages.|
|Lists||Use these blocks when you need to display a list of data.|
|Cards||Cards contain diverse building blocks for different purposes.|
|Charts||Use these building blocks if you want to present your data as a chart.|
|Forms||Use these building blocks for a form to be filled out by users in your app.|
|List Controls||Represent data as a control list and help you to sort and search items in the list.|
|Master Detail||Use these building blocks to display the list of many items, but to show the details only for the selected element.|
|Breadcrumbs||Use these building blocks when you want to show the current page location in your application.|
|Timeline||Contains building blocks that show a list of events.|
|Wizards||Use these building blocks for inputting information step by step.|
|Notifications||Contain building blocks used for different notifications.|
|Alignments||Use these building blocks to align elements.|
To insert a building block, drag and drop the selected building block on the page.
If you want to read documentation on a particular building block and to know more about how and when to use it, click the small icon in the top right corner of the building block.
Building Blocks categories may differ because Atlas UI can be customized using the Desktop Modeler.
Widgets are single user-interface elements that can be configured. For more information, see Widgets in the Web Modeler.
You can update widgets in the App Settings.
6 Properties Tab
The Properties tab displays the properties of the currently selected element and differs depending on this element.