UIs for jamovi analyses are defined in the .u.yaml file (A refresher on the files and the relationship between them is described here). This describes what sort of control each option is represented by (i.e. a dropdown list, or some radio buttons), and the order and the layout in which they will appear.

aggressive vs tame compiler mode

By default, .u.yaml files are in aggressive compiler mode. This means when installing jamovi modules with jmvtools::install() the .u.yaml files are regenerated and replaced each time. This is good early on in the development process, but as development progresses, getting a UI just right or adding custom behaviour requires hand editing of the .u.yaml files. To prevent jmvtools from simply replacing all your changes, the .u.yaml file can be placed in tame mode. In tame mode the compiler respects your changes, and will not interfere with your adjustments. The trade-off is that the compiler often can’t insert new controls into the UI as optimally.

To begin with we’d encourage you to leave your .u.yaml files in aggressive mode.

Controls

As we’ve seen earlier in this tutorial series with our t-test example, each option is represented by one or more controls. Our list option was represented by a list box, boolean options were represented by checkboxes, and Variable options were represented as a box that variables could be dragged to.

Let’s take a look at UI, and the .u.yaml file which is responsible for it:

title: Independent Samples T-Test
name: ttestIS
jus: '2.0'
stage: 0
compilerMode: aggressive

children:

  - type: VariableSupplier
    persistentItems: false
    stretchFactor: 1
    children:
    
      - type: TargetLayoutBox
        label: Dependent Variables
        children:
          - type: VariablesListBox
            name: deps
            isTarget: true
            
      - type: TargetLayoutBox
        label: Grouping Variable
        children:
          - type: VariablesListBox
            name: group
            maxItemCount: 1
            isTarget: true
            
  - type: LayoutBox
    margin: large
    children:
      - type: ComboBox
        name: alt
        
  - type: LayoutBox
    margin: large
    children:
      - type: CheckBox
        name: varEq

As can be seen, controls are arranged in a hierarchy. At the very top is a control of type VariableSupplier. It has two children: deps of type VariablesListBox and group of type VariableListBox. Together, these three controls create the variables list, and the ‘Dependent Variables’ and ‘Grouping Variable’ drop targets.

Next is a LayoutBox which contains the hypothesis ComboBox, followed by another LayoutBox containing the equality of variances CheckBox. By default, items are laid out in a grid from top to bottom.

TODO: how to layout controls in other configurations, group headings, etc.

Next: Advanced UI Design