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As noted in the WinFXReadme.htm file included with the WinFX January CTP, the preferred syntax for RowDefinitions and Column Definitions is as outlined in the following XAML listing.


<Window x:Class="TestApplication.Window2"



    Title="Test Window"



    <DataTemplate x:Key="MyTemplate">



          <RowDefinition Height="100" />







        <ColumnDefinition Width="100" />

        <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />


      <TextBlock Grid.Column="0" Grid.Row="0">My Label</TextBlock>

      <ContentControl Grid.Column="1" Grid.Row="0" ContentTemplate="{StaticResource MyTemplate}" />




Although this is the preferred syntax and will compile, it will fail at runtime with the following error.



BamlParseException was unhandled

Error at element 'Grid' in markup file 'Window2.xaml' : The property 'RowDefinitions' cannot be set as a property element on Template.  Only Triggers and Resources are allowed as property elements..


Note that if you include the RowDefinition element at the root of the Grid element (e.g. <Grid><RowDefinition> vs. <Grid><Grid.RowDefinition>) the ContentControl binds and renders as expected.  Thus, I'm really not sure if this error is just misleading based on schema issues, or if Grid.RowDefinition and/or RowDefinition elements cannot be included in a DataTemplate.  I'll post more on this as I dig into it further.

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2006 9:09 AM C# | Back to top

Comments on this post: XAML Grid.RowDefinitions Syntax in DataTemplate Disallowed

# re: XAML Grid.RowDefinitions Syntax in DataTemplate Disallowed
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In current CTPs you must omit the Grid.RowDefinitions element inside of a ControlTemplate.
<br>For now, the fact that intellisense complains is a limitation of the XSD.
<br>In future CTPs, you'll see the right syntax (with the .RowDefinitions) supported inside of templates.
<br>Thx, Rob Relyea
<br>Program Manager, WPF Team
Left by Rob Relyea on Jan 30, 2006 3:34 PM

# re: XAML Grid.RowDefinitions Syntax in DataTemplate Disallowed
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Thanks for your feedback, Rob! It's good to know that it will be corrected in future versions :)
<br>For now, I'll track where I'm using ControlTemplates with RowDefinitions and revist those areas when the future versions are released.
Left by Scott Van Vliet on Jan 30, 2006 4:36 PM

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I'll be trying out this process. Hope, I'll get this to work well. - Sophia Wong YOR Health
Left by Sophia on Jul 04, 2015 8:16 PM

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