The AcTabs Widget

This document covers the Tabs widget, AcTabs.

Usage Scenario

The tabs widget creates a regular Bootstrap tab strip. It can be populated with tabs by code.
Hence, you can easily use the component to create the tabs using the Router. That means:

  • You configure your router and the configured route links appear on the tabs
  • When the app invokes a route call (navigation) and the tabs are in the router outlet, the tabs follow the route

Using the Tabs

This is the components primary definition:

export class AcTabs {
  @Input() tabs: AcTabData;
  @Output() currentTab: AcTab;


You provide the tabs by setting the tabs property and you can read the current tab from currentTab.

The main page for the widgets in the demo app makes use of this:

<ac-tabs [tabs]="widgetTabs"></ac-tabs>

The property widgetTabs will be filled like this:

export class WidgetDemoComponent {

  widgetTabs: AcTabData;

  constructor(private router: Router) {
    let userRoutes: Array<AcTab> = new Array<AcTab>();
      .filter((route, idx) => route.path === "widgets")
      .filter((route, idx) => !route.redirectTo)
      .forEach(subroute => userRoutes.push(new AcTab(["/widgets", subroute.path],["title"], !!["active"], !!["disabled"])));

    this.widgetTabs = new AcTabData(userRoutes);


The tricky part is the router configuration. The Angular 2 router allows private data fields. That’s what we use here. The Router class provides access to the
routers configuration. First we filter for the part of the router that handles the current tab’s items:

.filter((route, idx) => route.path === "widgets")

Than we take the first item (shift()) and access the children. From here we take only those that handle content directly, not redirects. Than we create
an array of AcTab items that the tabs component can read.

An appropriate routing configuration looks like this:

const routes: Routes = [
    path: '',
    redirectTo: 'dashboard',
    pathMatch: 'full'
  // app paths
    path: 'dashboard',
    component: cmp.DashboardComponent,
    data: { 'title': 'Dashboard', 'subtitle': 'Caevman Dashboard' }
    path: 'widgets',
    component: cmp.WidgetDemoComponent,
    data: { 'title': 'Widget Demo', 'subtitle': 'Diverse Components', 'breadcrumb': true },
    children: [
        path: '',
        redirectTo: 'list',
        pathMatch: 'full'
        path: 'list',
        component: cmp.ListWidgetsComponent,
        data: { 'title': 'Overview', 'subtitle': 'Show all widgets', 'active': true, 'disabled': false, 'breadcrumb': true }
        path: 'clock',
        component: cmp.AnalogClockComponent,
        data: { 'title': 'Analog Clock', 'subtitle': 'Clock Demo', 'active': false, 'disabled': false, 'breadcrumb': true }
        path: 'tree',
        component: cmp.TreeviewComponent,
        data: { 'title': 'Tree View', 'subtitle': 'Tree Demo', 'active': false, 'disabled': false, 'breadcrumb': true }

  //... more routes go here

What’s important is the data field. It handles the tab’s, the menus and the breadcrumb. So we use this for many components.

The properties are:

  • title: Menu Title, Tab Title, Breadcrumb Text
  • subtitle: Tooltip if appropriate
  • active: By default the element is active (Tabs only)
  • disabled: The element can not invoke a hyperlink (Breadcrumb and Tabs)
  • breadcrumb: The element appears in the Breadcrumb (Breadcrumb only)

See Breadcrumb Widget for more details about this particular component.