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Microsoft Expression Blend 2 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide by Robert Reinhardt, Corey Schuman

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Chapter 4. Working with Graphic Layouts and Groups

Layout panels, such as Grids and Canvases, are the foundation of Silverlight and WPF applications. They act as containers for visual elements. By default, layout panels are adaptive in nature. For example, when you build an interface, the panel automatically adjusts to the size of the window.

Layout panels also allow you to apply transforms. This capability is useful when animating a group of visual elements, because the animation is applied to the layout panel and not to each individual element.

In this chapter, you’ll learn about the types of layout panels in Silverlight 2 and how to use them.

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Selecting the Correct Layout Panel

In Blend, the main layout ...

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