View vs Item-View

A card can have a View and an Item-View.

A Card can have two ways of displaying: a View and an Item-View. You can think of the latter as a mini-version of the former. The reason it is called Item-View, not mini-View, is that it is usually used in an itemised list. In TokenScript both are defined in the <card> element.

This table listed the typical content of View and ItemView for each type of cards.

When used inTypical content of a ViewTypical Content of an Item-View
Token CardTypically a detailed view of token attributes.The most important information about the token. Take a DeFi token for example, an ItemView might only have balance and status (e.g. health factor in the case of AAVE token).
Activity CardDetailed explanation of the activity.An at-a-glance view of the activity.
Action CardTypically, a form where users can type information.A preview of such a form. ItemView of an ActionCard is not often used and usually not defined.

View and Item-View of an Token Card

Often, for a TokenCard card, an Item-View is used first, and when the user clicks it, he gets to see the full view. It is almost always the case in user's wallet.

However, on a web page, its web developer can design where and whether Item-View or View should be used. In the below example, Item-Views of 2 Tokens (TokenCard) is used for user to choose which token to use for the payment. When the user chooses a Token, what opens is the "Pay" ActionCard, not the Token Card. The View of a TokenCard is unused at all.

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