UI Components


The LinkkiTabLayout is a UI component that gives access to several different views and that allows switching between different contents, using either a horizontal or vertical layout. Only a single tab can be active at a time.

This is a replacement for the linkki Vaadin 8 SidebarSheet and TabSheetArea.

tablayout combined

Sidebar Layout

To create a LinkkiTabSheet as sidebar layout, use newSidebarLayout(), and icons as captions. A description can also be provided which is displayed by hovering the mouse over the icon.

sidebar layout
Creating Sidebar Layout
        LinkkiTabLayout linkkiTabLayout = LinkkiTabLayout.newSidebarLayout();
                .description("Sidebar One")

This will result in a vertical bar on the left side containing icons (buttons) for every sheet. The tooltip of the button displays the name of the corresponding sheet. The content of the selected sheet is displayed to the right of the bar.

Creating Tabs

Tabs are added to the layout using a LinkkiTabSheet. The tab sheet is created using a builder. Every sheet requires an icon, a name and a content supplier (Supplier<Component>). The supplier is called when the sheet is selected for the first time (lazy initialization). This approach only creates the content if it is requested by the user. It also spreads out the component creation, avoiding long loading times at the start.

        LinkkiTabLayout linkkiTabLayout = new LinkkiTabLayout();
                .caption("Tab Sheet Caption")

Toggle Visibility of Tabs

A tab can be dynamically set to visible or invisible by providing a BooleanSupplier in the builder of LinkkiTabSheet using the method visibleWhen(BooleanSupplier). The suppliers must return true to set the tab visible and false to set it invisible.

The method LinkkiTabLayout#updateSheetVisibility() must be triggered to update the visibility state. The method is automatically called by Vaadin’s AfterNavigationEvent, that means the visibility state is at least updated when there is a navigation to the view containing the tabs.

Selection Change Events

There are several possibilities to receive a selection change event in case a new tab is selected. All events are also triggered for the auto-selection when the first tab is added to the tab layout.

Implement AfterTabSelectedObserver

Components implementing this interface will receive a TabSheetSelectionChangeEvent when the LinkkiTabSheet they are attached to is selected. Its method afterTabSelected(TabSheetSelectionChangeEvent) is called every time the sheet is selected, that means it gets visible. Use this observer to update your binding context in case of changes to the underlying model while the sheet was not selected. Additional details and limitations can be found in the javadoc of AfterTabSelectedObserver.

Example using AfterTabSelectedObserver
public class ReportListPage extends AbstractPage implements AfterTabSelectedObserver {

    public void afterTabSelected(TabSheetSelectionChangeEvent event) {
Adding a listener to LinkkiTabLayout

Use the method addSelectedChangeListener(ComponentEventListener<SelectedChangeEvent>) to get a SelectedChangeEvent containing the selected tab.

Adding a listener to LinkkiTabSheet

It is also possible to add any listener directly to the LinkkiTabSheet using addTabSelectionChangeListener(ComponentEventListener<TabSheetSelectionChangeEvent>) even afterwards when adding a PMO as tab component with VaadinUiCreator#createComponent(Object, BindingContext) to LinkkiTabSheet. The returned Registration could be used to unregister the listener.