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BaseValidator.Display Property

Gets or sets the display behavior of the error message in a validation control.

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

[ThemeableAttribute(false)]
public ValidatorDisplay Display { get; set; }
<asp:BaseValidator Display="ValidatorDisplay" />

Property Value

Type: System.Web.UI.WebControls.ValidatorDisplay
One of the ValidatorDisplay values. The default value is Static.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

The specified value is not one of the ValidatorDisplay values.

Use the Display property to specify the display behavior of the error message in the validation control. The following table lists the different values that can be used.

Display behavior

Description

None

The validation message is never displayed inline.

Static

Space for the validation message is allocated in the page layout.

Dynamic

Space for the validation message is dynamically added to the page if validation fails.

NoteNote:

The display behavior depends on whether client-side validation is performed. If client-side validation is not active (because the browser does not support it or because it has been disabled by using the Page.ClientTarget page directive or EnableClientScript property), ValidatorDisplay.Static and ValidatorDisplay.Dynamic behave the same way: the error message takes up space only if it is displayed. The ability to dynamically allocate space for the message when it is not being displayed (ValidatorDisplay.Dynamic) only works with client-side validation.

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 Display property to specify that space for the validation message is added to the Web page dynamically when validation fails.

Security noteSecurity Note:

This example has a text box that accepts user input, which is a potential security threat. By default, ASP.NET Web pages validate that user input does not include script or HTML elements. For more information, see Script Exploits Overview.

<%@ 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>

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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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