Column Layout


Function: a!columnLayout()

Displays a column that can be used within the columns layout.

See also: Columns


Name Keyword Type Description
Contents contents Any Type Array Values that define the interface components for a column.
Width width Text Determines the width of the column. Valid values: "AUTO" (default), "EXTRA_NARROW", "NARROW", "NARROW_PLUS", "MEDIUM", "MEDIUM_PLUS", "WIDE", "WIDE_PLUS".
Visibility showWhen Boolean Determines whether the layout is displayed on the interface. When set to false, the layout is hidden and is not evaluated. Default: true.


  • Form, dashboard, and column layouts are not supported in the Contents parameter, however columns layout is supported.


Copy and paste an example into the INTERFACE DEFINITION in EXPRESSION MODE to see it displayed.

  width: "AUTO",
  contents: {
      label: "Customer",
      value: "John Smith",
      readOnly: true
      label: "Status",
      value: "Prospective",
      readOnly: true
      label: "Priority",
      value: "High",
      readOnly: true

The following patterns include usage of the Column Layout.

  • Build a Wizard with Milestone Navigation (Wizards): Use the milestone component to show steps in a wizard.

  • Build an Interface Wizard (Wizards): Divide a big form into sections presented one step at a time with validation.

  • Call to Action Pattern (Formatting): Use the call to action pattern as a landing page when your users have a single action to take.

  • Cards as Buttons Pattern (Choice Components, Formatting, Conditional Display): The cards as buttons pattern is a great way to prominently display a select few choices.

  • Cards as List Items Patterns (Choice Components, Images): The cards as list items pattern is good for creating visually rich interfaces using a combination of cards and billboards to show lists of like items.

  • Drilldown Pattern (Grids): The drilldown pattern allows users to select an item from a grid to see more details in place of the grid.

  • Drilldown Report Pattern (Grids, Charts, Reports): The drilldown report pattern consists of a bar chart and column chart, which each drill down into a grid.

  • Grid with Selection Pattern (Grids): This pattern is an example of good UX design for a grid that allows users to select items and easily view their selections when there are multiple pages of data. It also provides information on a common save behavior.

  • Icon Navigation Pattern (Conditional Display, Formatting): The icon navigation pattern displays a vertical navigation pane where users can click on an icon to view its associated interface.

  • KPI Patterns (Formatting): The Key Performance Indicator (KPI) patterns provide a common style and format for displaying important performance measures.

  • Make a Component Required Based on a User Selection (Validation): Make a paragraph component conditionally required based on the user selection.

  • Master Detail Pattern (Grids): The master-detail pattern allows users to select an item from a grid to see more details next to the grid.

  • Milestone Bar Pattern (Looping): Use the milestone bar pattern to guide users through sequential steps to complete a task and show the user their progress as they move through the steps. This pattern can be used to either break up longer forms into more manageable sections or combine smaller forms into a more streamlined process.

  • Navigation Pattern (Looping): Use the navigation pattern as a way to structure a group of pages with icon and text based left navigation. When an icon and text are selected, the corresponding page is displayed.

  • Refresh Data After Executing a Smart Service (Auto-Refresh, Smart Services):

  • Refresh Until Asynchronous Action Completes (Auto-Refresh): Use a refresh interval to display the results of an asynchronous action automatically.

  • Save a User's Report Filters to a Data Store Entity (Grids, Smart Services, Filtering, Reports): Allow a user to save their preferred filter on a report and automatically load it when they revisit the report later.

  • Searching on Multiple Fields (Grids, Filtering, Reports): Display a grid populated based on search criteria specified by end users.

  • Trend-Over-Time Report (Charts, Reports): This report provides an attractive, interactive design for exploring different series of data over time.

  • Update an Entity-Backed Record from its Summary View (Records, Smart Services): Enable users to make quick changes to a record by updating it right from a record view.

  • Use Links in a Grid to Show More Details and Edit Data (Grids): Allow end users to click a link in a read-only grid to view the details for the row, and make changes to the data. The data available for editing may include more fields than are displayed in the grid.

  • Use the Gauge Fraction and Gauge Percentage Configurations (Formatting, Reports): This recipe provides a common configuration of the Gauge Component using a!gaugeFraction() and a!gaugePercentage(), and includes a walkthrough that demonstrates the benefits of using design mode when configuring the gauge component.

  • Year-Over-Year Report (Charts, Reports, Formatting): This is a feature-rich, interactive report for sales and profits by products over select periods of time.

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