I Am Simme

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UIStackView and Autolayout

Posted in iOS.

Was about to tear my own hair off due to issue with UIStackView and autolayout. Here's a simplified version of my view hierarchy:

- UIStackView
  - MyCustomView
    - UILabel
  - MyCustomView
    - UILabel
  - MyCustomView
    - UILabel

The stack view are laying the custom views out in a horizontal fashion. Now, whenever I added a constraint similar to this:

let xConstraint = NSLayoutConstraint(item: label,  
  attribute: .Left,
  relatedBy: .Equal,
  toItem: self,
  attribute: .Left,
  multiplier: 1.0,
  constant: 20)

to my custom view (where self in this case is the custom view) would make the stack view shift all content way off to the left.

Took a while to figure out that the reason for this was a line that I automatically add to all of my views as soon as I need to do some programmatic autolayouting:

self.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = false  

Ie, I was disabling autoresize mask translation for my custom view. Turns out the stack views are somehow making use of those.. I guess?