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TemplateDefinition Class

Note: This class is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Provides properties and methods that define a template element in a Web server control at design time.

Namespace: System.Web.UI.Design
Assembly: System.Design (in system.design.dll)

public class TemplateDefinition : DesignerObject
public class TemplateDefinition extends DesignerObject
public class TemplateDefinition extends DesignerObject

The TemplateDefinition class provides a base template definition class that can be inherited from and extended for a control designer to use in providing support for templated controls in a design host such as Visual Studio 2005. A design host uses the properties and methods of the TemplateDefinition class to facilitate creating and editing a template at design time.

The following code example demonstrates how to derive a custom class from the ControlDesigner class. This control designer supports a control with four possible templates.

To try it, add a reference to the System.Design.dll assembly, compile the code, and then, in a design host such as Visual Studio 2005, look at the page in Design view. Select the control, click the action list to select a template to modify, and then use the drag-and-drop feature to move controls into the template.

using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.Design;

namespace ASPNet.Design.Samples
{
    // Set an attribute reference to the designer, and define 
    // the HTML markup that the toolbox will write into the source.
    [Designer(typeof(TemplateGroupsSampleDesigner)),
        ToolboxData("<{0}:TemplateGroupsSample runat=server></{0}:TemplateGroupsSample>")]
    public sealed class TemplateGroupsSample : WebControl, INamingContainer
    {
        // Field for the templates
        private ITemplate[] _templates;

        // Constructor
        public TemplateGroupsSample()
        {
            _templates = new ITemplate[4];
        }

        // For each template property, set the designer attributes 
        // so the property does not appear in the property grid, but 
        // changes to the template are persisted in the control.
        [Browsable(false),
            PersistenceMode(PersistenceMode.InnerProperty)]
        public ITemplate Template1
        {
            get { return _templates[0]; }
            set { _templates[0] = value; }
        }
        [Browsable(false),
            PersistenceMode(PersistenceMode.InnerProperty)]
        public ITemplate Template2
        {
            get { return _templates[1]; }
            set { _templates[1] = value; }
        }
        [Browsable(false),
            PersistenceMode(PersistenceMode.InnerProperty)]
        public ITemplate Template3
        {
            get { return _templates[2]; }
            set { _templates[2] = value; }
        }
        [Browsable(false),
            PersistenceMode(PersistenceMode.InnerProperty)]
        public ITemplate Template4
        {
            get { return _templates[3]; }
            set { _templates[3] = value; }
        }

        protected override void CreateChildControls()
        {
            // Instantiate each template inside a panel
            // then add the panel to the Controls collection
            for (int i = 0; i < 4; i++)
            {
                Panel pan = new Panel();
                _templates[i].InstantiateIn(pan);
                this.Controls.Add(pan);
            }
        }
    }

    // Designer for the TemplateGroupsSample control
    public class TemplateGroupsSampleDesigner : ControlDesigner
    {
        TemplateGroupCollection col = null;

        public override void Initialize(IComponent component)
        {
            // Initialize the base
            base.Initialize(component);
            // Turn on template editing
            SetViewFlags(ViewFlags.TemplateEditing, true);
        }

        // Add instructions to the placeholder view of the control
        public override string GetDesignTimeHtml()
        {
            return CreatePlaceHolderDesignTimeHtml("Click here and use " +
                "the task menu to edit the templates.");
        }

        public override TemplateGroupCollection TemplateGroups
        {
            get
            {

                if (col == null)
                {
                    // Get the base collection
                    col = base.TemplateGroups;

                    // Create variables
                    TemplateGroup tempGroup;
                    TemplateDefinition tempDef;
                    TemplateGroupsSample ctl;

                    // Get reference to the component as TemplateGroupsSample
                    ctl = (TemplateGroupsSample)Component;

                    // Create a TemplateGroup
                    tempGroup = new TemplateGroup("Template Set A");

                    // Create a TemplateDefinition
                    tempDef = new TemplateDefinition(this, "Template A1", 
                        ctl, "Template1", true);

                    // Add the TemplateDefinition to the TemplateGroup
                    tempGroup.AddTemplateDefinition(tempDef);

                    // Create another TemplateDefinition
                    tempDef = new TemplateDefinition(this, "Template A2", 
                        ctl, "Template2", true);

                    // Add the TemplateDefinition to the TemplateGroup
                    tempGroup.AddTemplateDefinition(tempDef);

                    // Add the TemplateGroup to the TemplateGroupCollection
                    col.Add(tempGroup);

                    // Create another TemplateGroup and populate it
                    tempGroup = new TemplateGroup("Template Set B");
                    tempDef = new TemplateDefinition(this, "Template B1", 
                        ctl, "Template3", true);
                    tempGroup.AddTemplateDefinition(tempDef);
                    tempDef = new TemplateDefinition(this, "Template B2", 
                        ctl, "Template4", true);
                    tempGroup.AddTemplateDefinition(tempDef);

                    // Add the TemplateGroup to the TemplateGroupCollection
                    col.Add(tempGroup);
                }

                return col;
            }
        }

        // Do not allow direct resizing unless in TemplateMode
        public override bool AllowResize
        {
            get
            {
                if (this.InTemplateMode)
                    return true;
                else
                    return false;
            }
        }
    }
}

System.Object
   System.Web.UI.Design.DesignerObject
    System.Web.UI.Design.TemplateDefinition

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0
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