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Non-transparent controls on a semi-transparent window

, 6 Jul 2006
The article describes the use and the principle of operation of semi-transparent controls with non-transparent child controls.
transparent_controls_demo.zip
TestSkinControl
App.ico
bin
Debug
KBSoft.Components.dll
TestSkinControl.exe
TestSkinControl.exe.manifest
TestSkinControl.csproj.user
transparent_controls_src.zip
Components
bin
components
common
components.csproj.user
skincomponents
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
//
//  File:           HelpForm.cs
//
//  Facility:		The unit contains the HelpForm class.
//
//  Abstract:       The HelpForm displays the help information.
//
//  Environment:    VC 7.1
//
//  Author:         KB_Soft Group Ltd.
//
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace TestSkinControl
{
	/// <summary>
	/// HelpForm - is the class of the window displaying the help.
	/// </summary>
	public class HelpForm : System.Windows.Forms.Form
	{
        #region Fields

        /// <summary>
        /// The textbox containing the help information.
        /// </summary>
        private System.Windows.Forms.RichTextBox helpTextBox;
		/// <summary>
		/// Required designer variable.
		/// </summary>
		private System.ComponentModel.Container components = null;

        #endregion

        #region Constructors

        /// <summary>
        /// The constructor filling helpTextBox with the help information.
        /// </summary>
		public HelpForm()
		{
			InitializeComponent();

            helpTextBox.Text = "Press Show tooltip to display the pop-up window "+System.Environment.NewLine + System.Environment.NewLine +
                "Press HideTooltip to hide the pop-up window." + System.Environment.NewLine + System.Environment.NewLine +
                "The Alpha animation and ExpandAnimation checkboxes allow the animation type to be set." + System.Environment.NewLine + System.Environment.NewLine +
                "The Animation type combobox allows the Expand animation subtype to be set." + System.Environment.NewLine + System.Environment.NewLine +
                "The Animation time field allows the time between animation steps to be set in milliseconds." + System.Environment.NewLine + System.Environment.NewLine +
                "The Animation steps field allows the general number of animation steps to be set.";
		}

        #endregion

        #region Methods

		/// <summary>
		/// Clean up any resources being used.
		/// </summary>
		protected override void Dispose( bool disposing )
		{
			if( disposing )
			{
				if( components != null )
				{
					components.Dispose();
				}
			}
			base.Dispose( disposing );
		}

        #endregion

		#region Windows Form Designer generated code
		/// <summary>
		/// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
		/// the contents of this method with the code editor.
		/// </summary>
		private void InitializeComponent()
		{
            this.helpTextBox = new System.Windows.Forms.RichTextBox();
            this.SuspendLayout();
            // 
            // helpTextBox
            // 
            this.helpTextBox.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill;
            this.helpTextBox.Font = new System.Drawing.Font("Times New Roman", 14.25F, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, ((System.Byte)(204)));
            this.helpTextBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0);
            this.helpTextBox.Name = "helpTextBox";
            this.helpTextBox.ReadOnly = true;
            this.helpTextBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(896, 326);
            this.helpTextBox.TabIndex = 0;
            this.helpTextBox.Text = "richTextBox1";
            // 
            // HelpForm
            // 
            this.AutoScaleBaseSize = new System.Drawing.Size(5, 13);
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(896, 326);
            this.Controls.Add(this.helpTextBox);
            this.FormBorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.SizableToolWindow;
            this.Name = "HelpForm";
            this.Text = "Help";
            this.ResumeLayout(false);

        }
		#endregion
	}
}

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Alexandr Golovanov
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Alexandr Golovanov is a .NET developer at KB_Soft Group, an offshore software development company located in Russia, Novosibirsk. Here he has worked
on various .NET projects.

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