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CompareValidator.ControlToCompare Property

Gets or sets the input control to compare with the input control being validated.

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

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

Property Value

Type: System.String
The input control to compare with the input control being validated. The default value is String.Empty.

Use the ControlToCompare property to specify an input control, such as a TextBox control, to compare with the input control being validated. If the input control specified by this property is not a control on the page, an exception is thrown.

NoteNote

Do not set both the ControlToCompare and the ValueToCompare property at the same time. You can either compare the value of an input control to another input control, or to a constant value. If both properties are set, the ControlToCompare property takes precedence.

For more information, see BaseValidator.ControlToValidate.

Important noteImportant

  If the control to compare is hidden or is inside a container (such as a Panel control) that is not visible, the validator performs server-side validation only. The validator client script supports only visible controls.

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

The following code example demonstrates how to use the ControlToCompare property to specify the control to compare with the control being validated.

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#" AutoEventWireup="True" %>

<!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>
    <title>CompareValidator Example</title>
<script runat="server">

      void Button_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) 
      {

         if (Page.IsValid) 
         {
            lblOutput.Text = "Result: Valid!";
         }
         else 
         {
            lblOutput.Text = "Result: Not valid!";
         }

      }

      void Operator_Index_Changed(Object sender, EventArgs e) 
      {

         Compare1.Operator = (ValidationCompareOperator) ListOperator.SelectedIndex;
         Compare1.Validate();

      }

      void Type_Index_Changed(Object sender, EventArgs e) 
      {

         Compare1.Type = (ValidationDataType) ListType.SelectedIndex;
         Compare1.Validate();

      }

   </script>

</head>
<body>

   <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>CompareValidator Example</h3>
      <br />
      Enter a value in each textbox. Select a comparison operator<br />
      and data type. Click "Validate" to compare values.

      <table style="background-color:#eeeeee; padding:10">

         <tr valign="top">

            <td>

               <h5>String 1:</h5>
               <asp:TextBox id="TextBox1" 
                    runat="server"/>

            </td>

            <td>

               <h5>Comparison Operator:</h5>

               <asp:ListBox id="ListOperator" 
                    OnSelectedIndexChanged="Operator_Index_Changed" 
                    runat="server">

                  <asp:ListItem Selected="True" Value="Equal">Equal</asp:ListItem>
                  <asp:ListItem Value="NotEqual">NotEqual</asp:ListItem>
                  <asp:ListItem Value="GreaterThan">GreaterThan</asp:ListItem>
                  <asp:ListItem Value="GreaterThanEqual">GreaterThanEqual</asp:ListItem>
                  <asp:ListItem Value="LessThan">LessThan</asp:ListItem>
                  <asp:ListItem Value="LessThanEqual">LessThanEqual</asp:ListItem>
                  <asp:ListItem Value="DataTypeCheck">DataTypeCheck</asp:ListItem>

               </asp:ListBox>

            </td>

            <td>

               <h5>String 2:</h5>
               <asp:TextBox id="TextBox2" 
                    runat="server"/>
               <br />
               <asp:Button id="Button1"
                    Text="Validate"  
                    OnClick="Button_Click" 
                    runat="server"/>

            </td>
         </tr>

         <tr>
            <td colspan="3" align="center">

               <h5>Data Type:</h5>

               <asp:ListBox id="ListType" 
                    OnSelectedIndexChanged="Type_Index_Changed" 
                    runat="server">

                  <asp:ListItem Selected="true" Value="String" >String</asp:ListItem>
                  <asp:ListItem Value="Integer" >Integer</asp:ListItem>
                  <asp:ListItem Value="Double" >Double</asp:ListItem>
                  <asp:ListItem Value="Date" >Date</asp:ListItem>
                  <asp:ListItem Value="Currency" >Currency</asp:ListItem>

               </asp:ListBox>
            </td>
         </tr>
      </table>

      <asp:CompareValidator id="Compare1" 
           ControlToValidate="TextBox1" 
           ControlToCompare="TextBox2"
           EnableClientScript="False" 
           Type="String" 
           runat="server"/>

      <br />

      <asp:Label id="lblOutput" 
           Font-Names="verdana" 
           Font-Size="10pt" 
           runat="server"/>

   </form>

</body>
</html>



.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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