Chapter 14. Styles, Templates, Skins, and Themes






Arguably the most celebrated feature in WPF is the ability to give any user interface element a radically different look without having to give up all of the built-in functionality that it provides. Even with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), HTML lacks this much power, which is the reason most websites use images to represent buttons rather than “real buttons.” Of course, it’s pretty easy to simulate a button’s behavior with an image in HTML, but what if you want to give a completely different look to a SELECT element (HTML’s version of ComboBox)? It’s a lot of work if you want to do more than change simple properties (such as its foreground ...

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