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BaseValidator.ControlToValidate Property

Gets or sets the input control to validate.

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

[TypeConverterAttribute(typeof(ValidatedControlConverter))]
[ThemeableAttribute(false)]
public string ControlToValidate { get; set; }
<asp:BaseValidator ControlToValidate="String" />

Property Value

Type: System.String
The input control to validate. The default value is String.Empty, which indicates that this property is not set.

Use the ControlToValidate property to specify the input control to validate. This property must be set to the ID of an input control for all validation controls except the CustomValidator control, which can be left blank. If you do not specify a valid input control, an exception will be thrown when the page is rendered. The ID must refer to a control within the same container as the validation control. It must be in the same page or user control, or it must be in the same template of a templated control.

The standard controls that can be validated are:

NoteNote:

For an input control to be validated, the System.Web.UI.ValidationPropertyAttribute attribute must be applied to the control.

All validation controls, except the RequiredFieldValidator control, will pass validation if the input control specified by the ControlToValidate property contains no text. If you are using a CustomValidator control, the client-side and server-side validation functions are not called either.

This property cannot be set by themes or style sheet themes. For more information, see ThemeableAttribute and ASP.NET Themes and Skins Overview.

TopicLocation
Walkthrough: Validating User Input in a Web Forms PageBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications in Visual Studio

The following code example demonstrates how to use the ControlToValidate property to specify the input control to validate.

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

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<script runat="server">

  void Button_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) 
  {
    if (Page.IsValid)
    {
      MessageLabel.Text = "Page submitted successfully.";
    }
    else
    {
      MessageLabel.Text = "There is an error on the page.";
    }
  }

</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>Validator Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>Validator Example</h3>

      Enter a number from 1 to 10.
      <asp:textbox id="NumberTextBox" 
        runat="server"/>

      <asp:rangevalidator id="NumberCompareValidator" 
        controltovalidate="NumberTextBox"
        enableclientscript="False"  
        type="Integer"
        display="Dynamic" 
        errormessage="Please enter a value from 1 to 10."
        maximumvalue="10"
        minimumvalue="1"  
        text="*"
        runat="server"/>

      <asp:requiredfieldvalidator id="TextBoxRequiredValidator" 
        controltovalidate="NumberTextBox"
        enableclientscript="False"
        display="Dynamic" 
        errormessage="Please enter a value."
        text="*"
        runat="server"/>

      <br /><br />

      <asp:button id="SubmitButton"
        text="Submit"
        onclick="Button_Click"
        runat="server"/>

      <br /><br />

      <asp:label id="MessageLabel" 
        runat="server"/>

      <br /><br />

      <asp:validationsummary
        id="ErrorSummary"
        runat="server"/>

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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

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

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