While we have already discovered how to use the Lightning components in our VisualForce pages there are other ways available to developers to have the same look and feel of a Lightning design system in a VisualForce page without the use of any Lightning components. The Lightning design system provides a material design approach to VisualForce pages which is certainly an upgrade over the monotonous VisualForce pages. It’s event based faster response will only add more capability and enhance a VisualForce page’s functionality.
To incorporate Lightning design system on your VF pages use the “” tag in the VF page. This component/tag is used as an alternative to uploading design system file in static resource. The markup reference language can use the Lightning design system’s styles and assets under the class “slds-scope”. To use the design system’s assets such as SVG images and icons we use the URLFOR() function and $Asset global variable.
Below mentioned is a small snippet on how to use the Lightning design system in your VisualForce page. For a more advanced and a detailed example, please visit this Salesforce developer blog
Once the code is incorporated in your page your page will be viewed as below, since we are using the “Contact” as standard controller we are passing the id of the Contact in the URL.
With the help of apex controllers and other controller side scripting the developers can integrate a full functional page in lightning design system without any hiatus thus providing us with a UI which comprises the core functionalities of Salesforce classic incorporated with a touch of Lightning.
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