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FormView.EmptyDataText Property

Gets or sets the text to display in the empty data row rendered when a FormView control is bound to a data source that does not contain any records.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

public virtual string EmptyDataText { get; set; }
<asp:FormView EmptyDataText="String" />

Property Value

Type: System.String
The text to display in the empty data row. The default is an empty string (""), which indicates that this property is not set.

The empty data row is displayed in a FormView control when the data source that is bound to the control does not contain any records. Use the EmptyDataText property to specify the text to display in the empty data row. To control the style of the empty data row, use the EmptyDataRowStyle property. Alternatively, you can define your own custom user interface (UI) for the empty data row by setting the EmptyDataTemplate property instead of this property.

NoteNote

If both the EmptyDataText and EmptyDataTemplate properties are set, the EmptyDataTemplate property takes precedence.

The value of this property, when set, can be saved automatically to a resource file by using a designer tool. For more information, see LocalizableAttribute and ASP.NET Globalization and Localization.

The following example demonstrates how to use the EmptyDataText property to specify the text to display in the empty data row.


<%@ Page language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>FormView EmptyDataText Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>FormView EmptyDataText Example</h3>

      <asp:formview id="EmployeeFormView"
        datasourceid="EmployeeSource"
        allowpaging="true"
        datakeynames="EmployeeID"
        emptydatatext="No records available." 
        runat="server">

        <EmptyDataRowStyle BackColor="Red"
          forecolor="White"
          font-size="14"
          font-italic="true" 
          height="100"/> 

        <itemtemplate>

          <table>
            <tr>
              <td>
                <asp:image id="EmployeeImage"
                  imageurl='<%# Eval("PhotoPath") %>'
                  alternatetext='<%# Eval("LastName") %>' 
                  runat="server"/>
              </td>
              <td>
                <h3><%# Eval("FirstName") %>&nbsp;<%# Eval("LastName") %></h3>      
                <%# Eval("Title") %>        
              </td>
            </tr>
          </table>

        </itemtemplate>

        <pagersettings position="Bottom"
          mode="NextPrevious"/> 

      </asp:formview>

      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects  -->
      <!-- to the Northwind sample database. Use an ASP.NET     -->
      <!-- expression to retrieve the connection string value   -->
      <!-- from the Web.config file.                            -->

      <!-- The select query for the following SqlDataSource     -->
      <!-- control is intentionally set to return no results    -->
      <!-- to demonstrate the empty data row.                   -->  
      <asp:sqldatasource id="EmployeeSource"
        selectcommand="Select [EmployeeID], [LastName], [FirstName], [Title], [PhotoPath] From [Employees] Where [EmployeeID]=1000"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>" 
        runat="server"/>

    </form>
  </body>
</html>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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