Changing the layout for the selected item in ListBox

I’m currently working on a Silverlight 2 application that will go on-line in about a week. It is not a big application, at least not if you look at the functionality in it, but it still has it’s challenges. Especially graphical ones. But this was one that I didn’t actually expect would cause a problem…

Our designer has worked up some nice layout that we need to implement. One of the features in the layout is a list of items that the user can select from. Obviously a ListBox. But the thing that caused problems, was the fact that it was supposed to show a compact information layout for all items except the selected item. The selected item should have a more verbose layout and some extra functionality. Initially that seemed like a tiny problem. That would just be a ItemTemplate with a VisualStateManager. Apparently not…!

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