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IAttributeAccessor Interface

Defines methods used by ASP.NET server controls to provide programmatic access to any attribute declared in the opening tag of a server control.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)
public interface IAttributeAccessor

The IAttributeAccessor type exposes the following members.

Public methodGetAttributeWhen implemented by a class, retrieves the specified attribute property from the server control.
Public methodSetAttributeWhen implemented by a class, designates an attribute and its value to assign to the ASP.NET server control.

If you author a custom server control that inherits from the WebControl, HtmlControl, or ListItem class, the .NET Framework automatically provides programmatic access to attributes because each of these classes implement the IAttributeAccessor interface.

If you author a custom server control that does not inherit from one of these classes and plan to allow programmatic access to attributes that do not correspond with the control's strongly typed properties, be sure to implement the IAttributeAccessor interface.

// The following class creates a custom ASP.NET server control that implements
// the IAttributeAccessor interface. It creates a MyTextBox class that contains
// Width and Text properties that get and set their values from view state.
// Pages that use this control create an instance of this control and set the
// Width property using the IAttributeAccessor.SetAttribute method. 
// The page then displays the values of the Text and Width properties 
// using the IAttributeAccessor.GetAttribute method.
// When compiled, this assembly is named MyAttributeAccessor.
using System;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Security.Permissions;

namespace AttributeAccessor
   public sealed class MyTextBox : Control, IAttributeAccessor
      // Declare the Width property.
      public String Width
            return (String)ViewState["Width"];
            ViewState["Width"] = value;

      // Declare the Text property.
      public String Text
            return (String)ViewState["Text"];
            ViewState["Text"] = value;
      // Implement the SetAttribute method for the control. When
      // this method is called from a page, the control's properties
      // are set to values defined in the page.
      public void SetAttribute(String name, String value1)
         ViewState[name] = value1;

      // Implement the GetAttribute method for the control. When
      // this method is called from a page, the values for the control's
      // properties can be displayed in the page.
      public String GetAttribute(String name)
         return (String)ViewState[name];

      protected override void Render(HtmlTextWriter output)
         output.Write("<input type=text id= " + this.UniqueID);
         output.Write(" Value='" + this.Text);
         output.Write("' Size=" + this.Width + ">");

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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