Properties of Image Shapes

You can use image shapes to specify how domain classes appear in a generated designer. Define an image shape by setting the Image property of the class to a predefined image file. The following formats are supported:

  • .gif

  • .jpg

  • .jpeg

  • .bmp

  • .wmf

  • .emf

  • .png

By default, designer resource files, such as image files, are located in the Resources folder in the Dsl project.

For more information, see How to Define a Domain-Specific Language. For more information about how to use these properties, see Customizing and Extending a Domain-Specific Language.

Image shapes have the properties that are listed in the following table.

Property Description Default
Fill Color The fill color of this shape. White
Fill Gradient Mode The fill gradient mode of this shape. Horizontal
Has Default Connection Points If True, the shape will use top, bottom, left, and right connection points in the generated designer. False
Outline Color The outline color of this shape. Black
Outline Dash Style The outline dash style of this shape (Solid, Dash, Dot, DashDot, DashDotDot, or Custom). Solid
Outline Thickness The outline thickness of this shape. 0.03125
Text Color The color that is used for text decorators that are associated with this shape. Black
Access Modifier The access modifier of the geometry shape (public or internal). Public
Custom Attributes Used to add attributes to the source code class that is generated from this shape. <none>
Generates Double Derived If True, both a base class and a partial class (to support customization through overrides) will be generated. For more information, see Overriding and Extending the Generated Classes. False
Has Custom Constructor If True, a custom constructor will be provided in the source code. For more information, see Overriding and Extending the Generated Classes. False
Inheritance Modifier Describes the kind of inheritance of the source code class that is generated from the image shape (none, abstract or sealed). none
Base Image Shape The base class of this shape. (none)
Name The name of this shape. Current name
Namespace The namespace that is affiliated with this shape. Current namespace
Tooltip Type The place where the tooltip is defined (fixed, variable, or none). If fixed, then the value of the Fixed Tooltip Text property is used as the tooltip; if variable, then the tooltip is defined in custom code. none
Notes Informal notes that are associated with this shape. <none>
Initial Height The initial height of this shape, in inches. 1
Initial Width The initial width of this shape, in inches. 1.5
Exposed Fill Color As Property

Exposed Fill Gradient Mode

Exposed Outline Color As Property

Exposed Outline Dash Style As Property

Exposed Outline Thickness As Property

Exposes Text Color
If True, the user can set the stated property of a shape. To set this, right-click the shape definition and click Add Exposed. False
Description Used to document the generated designer. <none>
Display Name The name that will be displayed in the generated designer for this shape. <none>
Fixed Tooltip Text The text that is used for a fixed tooltip. <none>
Help Keyword The keyword that is used to index F1 help for this element. <none>
Image The path to the image file that is used for this shape. <none>

See also