XPages Tip: Alternating Row Colors along with Dynamically Setting Row Colors

In my last past, I showed how you can dynamically set row colors in views and repeats based on data in each entry. In this post, I’ll show how you can take it a step further and use that technique along with providing default alternating row colors.

In my task list, I want to alternate the rows between white and light gray to provide visual separation of the data. But I want to override those defaults and display the row with a yellow background if the task is expiring and a red background if the task is late.

Here’s an example of a repeat control using this combined technique:

Dynamic Row Styling Part 2

Here’s the updated css:

.repeatRow {
background-color: #EEEEEE;

.repeatRowAlt {
background-color: #FFFFFF;

.yellowRow {
background-color: #FFFF00;

.redRow {
background-color: #FF0000;

NOTE: It is important to define the red and yellow classes after the default row classes. Whichever ones are defined later will take precedence when multiple classes are assigned to a row.

Here’s the computed style class code to make it work:

var status = varTask.getColumnValue('Status');
var cssClass;

if (rowIndex % 2 == 0) {
cssClass = 'repeatRow';
} else {
cssClass = 'repeatRowAlt';

if (status == 'Expiring') {
cssClass += ' yellowRow';
} else if (status == 'Late') {
cssClass += ' redRow';

return cssClass;

The code checks the row number and starts with a class of repeatRow or repeatRowAlt. If the status is Expiring or Late, it adds another class to the list. Note that there’s a space before the class name in lines 11 and 13. This is because I’m retaining the first class name and adding a second class to it.

I’m doing it this way because I tend to define font and spacing settings in the repeatRow and repeatRowAlt classes. By assigning two classes to rows as needed, I can retain those settings while overriding the background color when required.


2 responses to “XPages Tip: Alternating Row Colors along with Dynamically Setting Row Colors”

  1. Patrick Kwinten says :

    should we use more semantic CSS class names? e.g. lateRow instead of redRow

    • Brad Balassaitis says :

      I absolutely agree. In fact, where I’m actually using the code, ‘lateRow’ is actually the name of the class. 🙂 I just wanted to make it more generic and have less potential for confusion when writing about it.

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