Your First Custom Control (Widget)
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Creating a custom control

Creating a custom control is useful when you will have a fairly complex hud with multiple segments. For instance in-game, the ammo information is usually it's own control with various other children controls. For the sake of this tutorial we will be using the namespace CoD.

Setting up the control

First, all controls should extend the base UIElement this defines most of the usual properties for you:

CoD.TestControl = InheritFrom(LUI.UIElement)

This tells the game to make our control apart of a UIElement so that we can easily extend it's usage.

Defining a control base

To customize the control we need to provide a new function that will do the customization such as adding elements to it:

CoD.TestControl = InheritFrom(LUI.UIElement)

function CoD.TestControl.new(HudRef, InstanceRef)
    local Elem = LUI.UIElement.new()
    Elem:setClass(CoD.TestControl)
    Elem.id = "TestControl"
    Elem.soundSet = "default"
    return Elem
end

Customizing the control

Now that we have a new function we are free do manipulate the control. One of the most common things to do is add children controls to the element:

CoD.TestControl = InheritFrom(LUI.UIElement)

function CoD.TestControl.new(HudRef, InstanceRef)
    local Elem = LUI.UIElement.new()
    Elem:setClass(CoD.TestControl)
    Elem.id = "TestControl"
    Elem.soundSet = "default"

    local TextChild = LUI.UIText.new(Elem, InstanceRef)
    TextChild:setLeftRight(true, true, 0, 0)
    TextChild:setTopBottom(true, true, 0, 0)
    TextChild:setText("Hello World!")

    Elem:addElement(TextChild)

    return Elem
end

This will add a text element to our control.

Using our control

To use the control outside of its file, you must first include it in your zone:

rawfile,testcontrol.lua // File name and path

Next, you must require the script in the lua file you wish to use it from:

require("testcontrol")

Finally to make an instance of your control you would use:

local Control = CoD.TestControl.new(HudRef, InstanceRef)

Since we used UIElement as a base, you can use properties like margins and anchors on the element like anything else.

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