Bug 43711 - BoxView Color being used instead of BackgroundColor
Summary: BoxView Color being used instead of BackgroundColor
Alias: None
Product: Forms
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Forms ()
Version: 2.3.0
Hardware: PC Windows
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-08-24 17:57 UTC by John Hardman
Modified: 2017-03-28 16:23 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Tags: BoxView Margin BackgroundColor Color
Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description John Hardman 2016-08-24 17:57:57 UTC
As the BoxView view has both a Color and a BackgroundColor property, and has Margin but not padding, I am assuming that if Margin is specified, then the Margin should appear in the BackgroundColor . It does not. The code below shows the Margin appearing in the same Color as the BoxView itself, resulting in a big block of Lime, instead of some Lime and some Pink. It would seem that it is still necessary to wrap a BoxView in a ContentView to have spacing around it, which is what Margin is intended to do.

        const double spaceBelow = 2.0;
        const double separatorHeight = 1.0;

        public static View CreateSeparator(bool showSpaceAbove)
            double spaceAbove = showSpaceAbove ? 50 : 20;

            BoxView separator = new BoxView
                HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.FillAndExpand,
                HeightRequest = spaceAbove + spaceBelow + separatorHeight,
                Margin = new Thickness(0, spaceAbove, 0, spaceBelow),
                BackgroundColor = Color.Pink,
                Color = Color.Lime,
                VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Start

            return separator;
Comment 1 adrianknight89 2016-10-16 06:36:10 UTC
Color actually overrides BackgroundColor (not in Core but in Android) if it's not set to Default. Whenever there is a property change on either of these, Color will take precedence. I'm not sure why it was introduced to be honest. I'd be more comfortable just using BackgroundColor.

I think Margin works fine. You could set Margin to have spacing around BoxView, and assume BackgroundColor is pretty much useless.
Comment 2 Paul DiPietro [MSFT] 2017-03-28 16:23:08 UTC
Considering that the docs page (https://developer.xamarin.com/api/type/Xamarin.Forms.BoxView/) describes BoxView as "A View used to draw a solid colored rectangle" it might make sense that it's functioning this way. I do think that the documentation could potentially be a bit more clear about the behavior.