#1,140 – Using a Value Converter in a Template

You can use a value converter anywhere in XAML where you are using data binding.

Below is an example of using a value converter within a data template.  The Visibility property is bound to the underlying Actor object that is the data context for the item template.  The value converter then derives a value for Visibility from several properties within the Actor object.  (Assume that we have an ActorList property that is a collection of Actor instances).

The XAML includes:

        <loc:DeadFredConverter x:Key="deadFredConverter"/>

        <ListBox Margin="15" Width="270" Height="320"
             ItemsSource="{Binding ActorList}">
                    <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
                        <Image Source="{Binding Image}" Height="80"/>
                        <StackPanel Margin="5">
                            <TextBlock Text="{Binding FullName}" FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold"/>
                            <TextBlock Text="{Binding Dates}"/>
                            <TextBlock Text="{Binding KnownFor}" Margin="0,5,0,0" FontStyle="Italic"/>
                        <Label Content="Dead Fred !" Foreground="Red"
                               Visibility="{Binding Converter={StaticResource deadFredConverter}}"/>

The body of the value converter is:

    class DeadFredConverter : IValueConverter
        // Convert to Visibility, deriving from properties on Actor object
        public object Convert(object value, Type targetType, object parameter, System.Globalization.CultureInfo culture)
            Actor a = (Actor)value;

            Visibility vis = Visibility.Hidden;

            if ((a.FirstName == "Fred") &&
                a.DeathYear.HasValue &&
                (a.DeathYear <= DateTime.Today.Year))
                vis = Visibility.Visible;

            return vis;

        public object ConvertBack(object value, Type targetType, object parameter, System.Globalization.CultureInfo culture)
            throw new NotImplementedException();



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4 Responses to #1,140 – Using a Value Converter in a Template

  1. Pingback: Dew Drop – August 20, 2014 (#1838) | Morning Dew

  2. When your converter cannot convert the value back in ConvertBack, don’t throw an exception but return DependencyProperty.UnsetValue. Cf. the documentation of IValueConverter.ConvertBack: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.windows.data.ivalueconverter.convertback(v=vs.110).aspx

  3. You’re welcome. I never know whether to return DependencyProperty.UnsetValue or Binding.DoNothing, so I prefer the first 😉

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