Sencha Touch "Ext.List" lists are nice and flexible but they have one fiddly problem. If you manually set the selected item in a list from a callback like so

card.on
  activeitemchange: (card, item, oldIndex)=>
    index = card.items.indexOf(item)

    # Change the list selection to reflect
    # the current card
    list.select(index)

where list is a currently defined Ext.List object then all works fine until you select an item that is not currently in the visible window. Grrrrrr it is not visible and there is no public API to help you keep it so.

For example my setup is a card layout on the right and a list on the left reflecting the current card.

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To select a card you can either directly select an item from the list or proceed sequentially back and forth using the left and right arrow on top of the card.

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What we would like is an unobtrusive solution that doesn't jump the scroll of the list around too much but keeps the selected item always in view and makes it always possible to directly select a next item on the list without finger scrolling.

I have added the following code to my activeitemchange callback. It can be added anywhere it is appropriate or made a method on a subclass of Ext.List if you prefer.

card.on
  activeitemchange: (card, item, oldIndex)=>
    index = card.items.indexOf(item)
    list.select(index)

    # Get the selected item. Seems
    # a bit ugly but it works
    cls = list.getSelectedCls()
    selectedElement = list.element.down("." + cls)
    selectedHeight = selectedElement.getHeight()

    if selectedElement
      # Height of the full list
      fullListHeight = list.element.down(".x-list-container").getHeight()

      # Height of the scroll window
      scrollWindowHeight = list.element.getHeight()

      yTop = selectedElement.dom.offsetTop
      yBottom = yTop + selectedHeight

      scroller = list.getScrollable().getScroller()

      # Outside this zone a scrollTo will be triggered
      triggerZone =
        min: scroller.position.y + selectedHeight
        max: scroller.position.y + scrollWindowHeight - selectedHeight

      # Conditions for items above the current scroll
      # position
      if yTop < triggerZone.min
        pos = yTop - selectedHeight

      # Conditions for items below the current scroll
      # position
      if yBottom > triggerZone.max
        pos = yTop + 2*selectedHeight - scrollWindowHeight

      # Adjust for the edge cases where the item
      # to scroll is at the top or bottom of the
      # list so we don't get nasty jumping effects
      if pos?
        pos = Math.max(0, pos)
        pos = Math.min(pos, fullListHeight - scrollWindowHeight)
        scroller.scrollTo(0,pos,true)

You can see a screen cast of the effect in action below