An UICollection​View​Layout​Attributes object manages the layout-related attributes for a given item in a collection view. Layout objects create instances of this class when asked to do so by the collection view. In turn, the collection view uses the layout information to position cells and supplementary views inside its bounds.


Subclassing Notes

In most cases, you use this class as-is. If you want to supplement the base layout attributes with custom layout attributes, you can subclass and define whatever properties you want to store the additional layout data. Because layout attribute objects may be copied by the collection view, make sure your subclass conforms to the NSCopying protocol by implementing any methods appropriate for copying your custom attributes to new instances of your subclass. In addition to defining your subclass, your UICollection​Reusable​View objects need to implement the apply(_:​) method so that they can apply any custom attributes at layout time.

If you subclass and implement any custom layout attributes, you must also override the inherited isEqual: method to compare the values of your properties. In iOS 7 and later, the collection view does not apply layout attributes if those attributes have not changed. It determines whether the attributes have changed by comparing the old and new attribute objects using the isEqual: method. Because the default implementation of this method checks only the existing properties of this class, you must implement your own version of the method to compare any additional properties. If your custom properties are all equal, call super and return the resulting value at the end of your implementation.


Creating Layout Attributes

init(for​Cell​With:​ Index​Path)

Creates and returns a layout attributes object that represents a cell with the specified index path.

init(for​Supplementary​View​Of​Kind:​ String, with:​ Index​Path)

Creates and returns a layout attributes object that represents the specified supplementary view.

init(for​Decoration​View​Of​Kind:​ String, with:​ Index​Path)

Creates and returns a layout attributes object that represents the specified decoration view.

Identifying the Referenced Item

var index​Path:​ Index​Path

The index path of the item in the collection view.

var represented​Element​Kind:​ String?

The layout-specific identifier for the target view.

Accessing the Layout Attributes

var frame:​ CGRect

The frame rectangle of the item.

var bounds:​ CGRect

The bounds of the item.

var center:​ CGPoint

The center point of the item.

var size:​ CGSize

The size of the item.

var transform3D:​ CATransform3D

The 3D transform of the item.

var transform:​ CGAffine​Transform

The affine transform of the item.

var alpha:​ CGFloat

The transparency of the item.

var z​Index:​ Int

Specifies the item’s position on the z axis.

var is​Hidden:​ Bool

Determines whether the item is currently displayed.



Constants specifying the type of view.