Side By Side Item
This SAIL component may not be compatible with all features of Appian. For details, see the Feature Compatibility section below.

Function

a!sideBySideItem( item, width, showWhen )

Displays one item within a side by side layout.

See also:

Parameters

Name Keyword Types Description

Item

item

Any Type

The component to display inside the layout.

Width

width

Text

Determines the amount of space allocated to each of the items in the row. Valid values: "AUTO" (default), "MINIMIZE", "1X", "2X", "3X", "4X", "5X", "6X", "7X", "8X", "9X", and "10X".

Visibility

showWhen

Boolean

Determines whether the component or layout is displayed on the interface. When set to false, the component or layout is hidden and is not evaluated. Default: true.

Usage considerations

Accepted widths and fields

  • Most fields are allowed for Item, except for grids, hierarchy browsers, the org chart, and layouts.
  • The "MINIMIZE" width is appropriate for items with a fixed width, such as images or buttons. Use relative widths for items whose width is determined by the containing layout or user interaction, such as text inputs or dropdowns. For further explanation and examples, see UX Side by Side Guidance.

Examples

Copy and paste an example into an Appian Expression Editor to experiment with it.

Input fields with relative widths

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a!sideBySideLayout(
  items: {
    a!sideBySideItem(
      width: "4X",
      item: a!textField(
        label: "First Name"
      )
    ),
    a!sideBySideItem(
      item: a!textField(
        label: "M.I."
      )
    ),
    a!sideBySideItem(
      width: "4X",
      item: a!textField(
        label: "Last Name"
      )
    )
  }
)

Displays the following:

screenshot of inputs of different widths{screenshot}

Minimized width for icon and button

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a!sideBySideLayout(
  alignVertical: "MIDDLE",
  spacing: "DENSE",
  items: {
    a!sideBySideItem(
      width: "MINIMIZE",
      item: a!richTextDisplayField(
        labelPosition: "COLLAPSED",
        value: a!richTextIcon(
          icon: "user",
          size: "LARGE"
        )
      )
    ),
    a!sideBySideItem(
      item: a!textField(
        labelPosition: "COLLAPSED"
      )
    ),
    a!sideBySideItem(
      width: "MINIMIZE",
      item: a!buttonArrayLayout(
        marginBelow: "NONE",
        buttons: {
          a!buttonWidget(
            label: "Check Availability",
            size: "SMALL",
            style: "SECONDARY"
          )
        }
      )
    )
  }
)

Displays the following:

screenshot of inputs using minimized widths{screenshot}

Feature compatibility

The table below lists this SAIL component's compatibility with various features in Appian.
Feature Compatibility Note
Portals Compatible
Offline Mobile Compatible
Custom Record Field Expressions Incompatible

The following patterns include usage of the Side By Side Item.

  • Activity History Pattern (Formatting): The Activity History pattern provides a common style and format for displaying an organization's activity measures.

  • Alert Banner Patterns (Choice Components): The alert banners pattern is good for creating a visual cue of different types of alerts about information on a page.

  • Cards as List Items Patterns (Choice Components, Images): Use the cards as list items pattern to create visually rich lists as an alternative to grids or feeds. This pattern uses a combination of cards and billboards to show lists of like items. You can easily modify the pattern to change the card content or the number of cards per row to fit your use case.

  • Comments Patterns (Comments, Looping): Use this pattern when displaying a chronological list of messages from different users, such as comments on a topic or notes on a case.

  • Document List (Documents): Use the document list items pattern to display a list of documents that can be searched and filtered. This pattern uses a combination of cards and rich text to show an easy to navigate list of documents of different types.

  • Duration Display (Rich Text, Events): Use the duration display pattern to show the amount of time in between events in a quick, easy-to-read way.

  • Dynamic Inputs (Inputs, Dynamic Links): Use the dynamic inputs pattern to allow users to easily add or remove as many values as needed.

  • Event Timelines (Timeline, Events): Use the event timeline pattern to display a dated list of events and actions in chronological order. This pattern uses a combination of cards, rich text, and user images to show an easy to navigate list of dated events.

  • Inline Tags for Side-by-Side Layout Pattern (Formatting): This pattern shows the best practice for combining tags with standard-sized rich text, or plain text, using a side by side layout.

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

  • Leaderboard (Looping): Use the leaderboard pattern to show a selection of your data in an easy to read ranked display.

  • Milestone Patterns (Looping): There are three options for milestone patterns which all display some form of a progress indicator to guide users through a series of steps.

  • Navigation Patterns (Conditional Display, Formatting, Navigation): Use the navigation patterns to help orient users and enable them to easily navigate pages and content.

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

  • Stamp Steps (Stamps): There are two similar stamp steps patterns. The stamp steps (icon) pattern is primarily icons and titles. It should be used for simple steps that don't require much information or instruction. The stamp steps (numbered) pattern is primarily text and should be used for steps that require context or explanation.

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

  • User List Pattern (Looping): The user list pattern retrieves all the users in a specified group and displays them in a single column.

  • 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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