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In a Windows RT (8.1) application the top navigation bar is not shown when a MasterDetail page is displayed. This started with Xamarin.Forms 188.8.131.5221 and is still present in 184.108.40.20626. The result is that once you have navigated to a MasterDetail page you can not navigate "back". The navigation bar is still displayed for ContentPage and TabbedPage. Explicitly calling NavigationPage.SetHasNavigationBar makes no difference.
The bug is not present on Android.
It might be related to a fix that has removed the incorrectly included black space between the navigation bar and the top of the window which was present in Xamarin.Forms 2.0 on Windoows RT.
Thank you for taking the time to submit the bug. We tried to reproduce the issue you reported but were unable given the description. If you could please attach a reproduction to the bug by starting with a clean Xamarin.Forms project and adding just the code necessary to demonstrate the issue we would very much appreciate it.
Xamarin Forms Team
Created attachment 15351 [details]
App which shows issue
Simple application with Navigation Page.
The root page has two buttons, one navigates to a Content Page, the other a Master Detail page.
You will see the Master Detail Page has no Navigation Bar so you can't navigate back to the root page. The Content Page has a navigation bar.
The Project Windows8 is the Windows RT project I care about.
The reproduction does appear to show this issue.
Can you provide a time frame on fixing this? We need to move to 2.1 for several bug fixes but this issue is a complete blocker.
I cannot provide a time, but it is queued to be fixed (currently at position #6 in the queue).
We dont normally support MasterDetailPage nesting, however we will look into this anyway. Our docs do say MasterDetail be used as the root of your app
I appreciate that this issue is currently queued for fix, but I'm not especially happy with Jason Smith's response "we will look into this anyway". This is a straight bug affecting core functionality in a minor version upgrade. I'm surprised that it wasn't caught by a regression test prior to release of Forms 2.1.
I see no mention in your guides for Master Detail that say you should only use it as the root page of your application, in fact it mentions - The Xamarin.Forms MasterDetailPage is a page that manages two related pages of information - This is definitely how we use it within our application; no mention that it should be used as the Root Page that I can see. It still works in Android and iOS on 2.1, and is fine on Windows RT in 2.0.
The guide is included under the 'Navigation' topic, but so are Modals, Alerts and Tabbed Pages!
The Master/Detail is a very powerful/useful page and removes a lot of pain when it comes to layout in different orientations and screen sizes/resolutions and it's been a big help that this was part of Xamarin.Forms.
Should be fixed in 2.2.0-pre1
You should try not to read into what I say too much. When I said we will look into it I mean that.
Btw if you need a backport to 2.1.0 and you have an SLA I am happy to provide a hotfix, just contact your sales rep and they will promote the request up to me.
I have checked this issue with Xamarin.Forms 2.2.0-pre1 and its working fine.
Hence closing this issue.