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DeclarativeCatalogPart Class

Enables developers to add a catalog of WebPart or other server controls to a Web page in the declarative, page persistence format. This class cannot be inherited.

System.Object
  System.Web.UI.Control
    System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebControl
      System.Web.UI.WebControls.Panel
        System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.Part
          System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.CatalogPart
            System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.DeclarativeCatalogPart

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

public sealed class DeclarativeCatalogPart : CatalogPart
<asp:DeclarativeCatalogPart />

The DeclarativeCatalogPart type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodDeclarativeCatalogPartInitializes a new instance of the class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyAccessKeyThis inherited property is not used by the Web Parts control set when rendering a DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.AccessKey.)
Public propertyAppRelativeTemplateSourceDirectoryGets or sets the application-relative virtual directory of the Page or UserControl object that contains this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyAttributesGets the collection of arbitrary attributes (for rendering only) that do not correspond to properties on the control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyBackColorThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.BackColor.)
Public propertyBackImageUrlThis inherited property is not used by the Web Parts control set when rendering a DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides Panel.BackImageUrl.)
Public propertyBindingContainerInfrastructure. Gets the control that contains this control's data binding. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyBorderColorThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.BorderColor.)
Public propertyBorderStyleThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.BorderStyle.)
Public propertyBorderWidthThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.BorderWidth.)
Public propertyChromeStateGets or sets whether a part control is in a minimized or normal state. (Inherited from Part.)
Public propertyChromeTypeGets or sets the type of border that frames a Web Parts control. (Inherited from Part.)
Public propertyClientIDGets the control ID for HTML markup that is generated by ASP.NET. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyClientIDModeGets or sets the algorithm that is used to generate the value of the ClientID property. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyContextGets the HttpContext object associated with the server control for the current Web request. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyControlsInfrastructure. Gets a ControlCollection object that contains the child controls for a specified server control in the user interface hierarchy. (Inherited from Part.)
Public propertyControlStyleGets the style of the Web server control. This property is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyControlStyleCreatedGets a value indicating whether a Style object has been created for the ControlStyle property. This property is primarily used by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyCssClassThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.CssClass.)
Public propertyDataItemContainerGets a reference to the naming container if the naming container implements IDataItemContainer. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyDataKeysContainerGets a reference to the naming container if the naming container implements IDataKeysControl. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyDefaultButtonThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides Panel.DefaultButton.)
Public propertyDescriptionGets or sets a brief phrase that summarizes what the part control does, for use in ToolTips and catalogs of part controls. (Inherited from Part.)
Protected propertyDesignModeGets a value indicating whether a control is being used on a design surface. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyDirectionThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides Panel.Direction.)
Public propertyDisplayTitleGets a string that contains the actual current title of a CatalogPart control. (Inherited from CatalogPart.)
Public propertyEnabledThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.Enabled.)
Public propertyEnableThemingThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.EnableTheming.)
Public propertyEnableViewStateGets or sets a value indicating whether the server control persists its view state, and the view state of any child controls it contains, to the requesting client. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyFontThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.Font.)
Public propertyForeColorThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.ForeColor.)
Public propertyGroupingTextThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides Panel.GroupingText.)
Public propertyHasAttributesGets a value indicating whether the control has attributes set. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyHeightThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.Height.)
Public propertyHorizontalAlignThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides Panel.HorizontalAlign.)
Public propertyIDGets or sets the programmatic identifier assigned to the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyIsChildControlStateClearedGets a value indicating whether controls contained within this control have control state. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyIsEnabledGets a value indicating whether the control is enabled. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected propertyIsViewStateEnabledGets a value indicating whether view state is enabled for this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyNamingContainerGets a reference to the server control's naming container, which creates a unique namespace for differentiating between server controls with the same Control.ID property value. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyPageGets a reference to the Page instance that contains the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyParentGets a reference to the server control's parent control in the page control hierarchy. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyRenderingCompatibilityGets a value that specifies the ASP.NET version that rendered HTML will be compatible with. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyScrollBarsThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides Panel.ScrollBars.)
Public propertySiteGets information about the container that hosts the current control when rendered on a design surface. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySkinIDThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.SkinID.)
Public propertyStyleGets a collection of text attributes that will be rendered as a style attribute on the outer tag of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertySupportsDisabledAttributeGets a value that indicates whether the control should set the disabled attribute of the rendered HTML element to "disabled" when the control's IsEnabled property is false. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyTabIndexThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.TabIndex.)
Public propertyTemplateControlGets or sets a reference to the template that contains this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyTemplateSourceDirectoryGets the virtual directory of the Page or UserControl that contains the current server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyTitleGets or sets the title that appears in the control's title bar. (Overrides Part.Title.)
Public propertyToolTipThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.ToolTip.)
Public propertyUniqueIDGets the unique, hierarchically qualified identifier for the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyValidateRequestModeGets or sets a value that indicates whether the control checks client input from the browser for potentially dangerous values. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyViewStateModeGets or sets the view-state mode of this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyVisibleThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides Control.Visible.)
Public propertyWebPartsListUserControlPathGets or sets the path to a user control that contains a list of WebPart or other server controls for the catalog.
Public propertyWebPartsTemplateGets or sets a reference to a template that contains the WebPart controls declared in a catalog.
Public propertyWidthThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides WebControl.Width.)
Public propertyWrapThis inherited property is not used by the DeclarativeCatalogPart control. The property is overridden only for the purpose of preventing it from appearing in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 designer tools. (Overrides Panel.Wrap.)
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  NameDescription
Protected methodAddedControlCalled after a child control is added to the Controls collection of the Control object. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodApplyStyleCopies any nonblank elements of the specified style to the Web control, overwriting any existing style elements of the control. This method is primarily used by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public methodApplyStyleSheetSkinApplies the style properties defined in the page style sheet to the control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodCopyBaseAttributesCopies the properties not encapsulated by the Style object from the specified Web server control to the Web server control that this method is called from. This method is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected methodCreateChildControlsCalled by the ASP.NET page framework to notify server controls that use composition-based implementation to create any child controls they contain in preparation for posting back or rendering. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodDataBind()Binds a data source to the invoked server control and all its child controls. (Inherited from Part.)
Public methodDisposeEnables a server control to perform final clean up before it is released from memory. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodFindControl(String)Searches the current naming container for a server control with the specified id parameter. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodFocusSets input focus to a control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetAvailableWebPartDescriptionsReturns a collection of descriptions of the available WebPart controls in a catalog. (Overrides CatalogPart.GetAvailableWebPartDescriptions().)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetRouteUrl(Object)Gets the URL that corresponds to a set of route parameters. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetRouteUrl(RouteValueDictionary)Gets the URL that corresponds to a set of route parameters. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetRouteUrl(String, Object)Gets the URL that corresponds to a set of route parameters and a route name. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetRouteUrl(String, RouteValueDictionary)Gets the URL that corresponds to a set of route parameters and a route name. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetUniqueIDRelativeToReturns the prefixed portion of the UniqueID property of the specified control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodGetWebPartReturns a reference to a WebPart control based on the value of the description passed into the method. (Overrides CatalogPart.GetWebPart(WebPartDescription).)
Public methodHasControlsDetermines if the server control contains any child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodLoadControlStateRestores control-state information from a previous page request that was saved by the SaveControlState method. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodMapPathSecureRetrieves the physical path that a virtual path, either absolute or relative, maps to. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodMergeStyleCopies any nonblank elements of the specified style to the Web control, but will not overwrite any existing style elements of the control. This method is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected methodOnInitRaises the Init event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOnLoadRaises the Load event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOnPreRenderRaises the PreRender event. (Inherited from CatalogPart.)
Protected methodOnUnloadRaises the Unload event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOpenFileGets a Stream used to read a file. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodRemovedControlCalled after a child control is removed from the Controls collection of the Control object. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodRenderRenders the control to the specified HTML writer. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public methodRenderBeginTagRenders the HTML opening tag of the Panel control to the specified writer. (Inherited from Panel.)
Protected methodRenderChildrenOutputs the content of a server control's children to a provided HtmlTextWriter object, which writes the content to be rendered on the client. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodRenderContentsRenders the contents of the control to the specified writer. This method is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public methodRenderControl(HtmlTextWriter)Outputs server control content to a provided HtmlTextWriter object and stores tracing information about the control if tracing is enabled. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodRenderEndTagRenders the HTML closing tag of the Panel control into the specified writer. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public methodResolveClientUrlGets a URL that can be used by the browser. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodResolveUrlConverts a URL into one that is usable on the requesting client. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSaveControlStateSaves any server control state changes that have occurred since the time the page was posted back to the server. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodSetRenderMethodDelegateInfrastructure. Assigns an event handler delegate to render the server control and its content into its parent control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodSetTraceData(Object, Object)Sets trace data for design-time tracing of rendering data, using the trace data key and the trace data value. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodSetTraceData(Object, Object, Object)Sets trace data for design-time tracing of rendering data, using the traced object, the trace data key, and the trace data value. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Public eventDataBindingOccurs when the server control binds to a data source. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventDisposedOccurs when a server control is released from memory, which is the last stage of the server control lifecycle when an ASP.NET page is requested. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventInitOccurs when the server control is initialized, which is the first step in its lifecycle. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventLoadOccurs when the server control is loaded into the Page object. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventPreRenderOccurs after the Control object is loaded but prior to rendering. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventUnloadOccurs when the server control is unloaded from memory. (Inherited from Control.)
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  NameDescription
Public Extension MethodFindDataSourceControlReturns the data source that is associated with the data control for the specified control. (Defined by DynamicDataExtensions.)
Public Extension MethodFindFieldTemplateReturns the field template for the specified column in the specified control's naming container. (Defined by DynamicDataExtensions.)
Public Extension MethodFindMetaTableReturns the metatable object for the containing data control. (Defined by DynamicDataExtensions.)
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Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIAttributeAccessor.GetAttributeInfrastructure. Gets an attribute of the Web control with the specified name. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIAttributeAccessor.SetAttributeSets an attribute of the Web control to the specified name and value. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodICompositeControlDesignerAccessor.RecreateChildControlsAllows the developer of a designer for a composite part control to recreate the control's child controls on the design surface. (Inherited from Part.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIControlBuilderAccessor.ControlBuilderFor a description of this member, see IControlBuilderAccessor.ControlBuilder. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIControlDesignerAccessor.GetDesignModeStateFor a description of this member, see IControlDesignerAccessor.GetDesignModeState. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIControlDesignerAccessor.SetDesignModeStateFor a description of this member, see IControlDesignerAccessor.SetDesignModeState. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIControlDesignerAccessor.SetOwnerControlInfrastructure. For a description of this member, see IControlDesignerAccessor.SetOwnerControl. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIControlDesignerAccessor.UserDataFor a description of this member, see IControlDesignerAccessor.UserData. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIDataBindingsAccessor.DataBindingsFor a description of this member, see IDataBindingsAccessor.DataBindings. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIDataBindingsAccessor.HasDataBindingsFor a description of this member, see IDataBindingsAccessor.HasDataBindings. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIExpressionsAccessor.ExpressionsFor a description of this member, see IExpressionsAccessor.Expressions. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyIExpressionsAccessor.HasExpressionsFor a description of this member, see IExpressionsAccessor.HasExpressions. (Inherited from Control.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate methodIParserAccessor.AddParsedSubObjectFor a description of this member, see IParserAccessor.AddParsedSubObject. (Inherited from Control.)
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Just as there are tool-oriented zones in the Web Parts control set (for details, see the ToolZone class overview), there are tool-oriented Part controls, and each of these controls must reside in a certain type of tool zone. Tool-oriented part controls in the Web Parts control set have two distinguishing characteristics:

  • They are helper controls that enable end users to personalize controls on a Web Parts page.

  • They are visible only in certain display modes.

DeclarativeCatalogPart is a part control that must reside in a CatalogZoneBase type of zone, such as the CatalogZone zone provided with the Web Parts control set. The DeclarativeCatalogPart control becomes visible only when a Web page is in catalog display mode.

The DeclarativeCatalogPart control provides a way for developers to add a set of server controls declaratively to a catalog on a Web page. A catalog, in the Web Parts control set, is simply a list of WebPart or other server controls that is visible when a page is in catalog display mode. A user can select controls from the list and add them to the Web page, which effectively gives users the ability to change the set of controls and the functionality on a page.

NoteNote

Users can add multiple instances of the same control in a catalog to a Web page.

An advantage of using a DeclarativeCatalogPart control to create a catalog of server controls is that it does not require any coding. Page developers can work with the control entirely in the declarative (or page persistence) format, hence the name of the control.

The DeclarativeCatalogPart control has a useful property that allows developers to set up a catalog of controls that can be used throughout an entire site. Rather than declare individual server controls within a DeclarativeCatalogPart control, a developer can set the WebPartsListUserControlPath property value to the path of a user control that contains the list of server controls that should be in the catalog. At run time, the server controls referenced in the user control are loaded in the catalog. In this way, multiple pages or sites could reference the same user control to create a catalog. When the user control's list of server controls is updated, it would update all catalogs based on the user control.

The DeclarativeCatalogPart class has a number of public properties that override the inherited properties. Most of these properties are not actually used for rendering the control; they are overridden only so that special code attributes can be set on them to hide them from design tools like Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. You should not use these hidden properties, as they have no effect on rendering. The fact that they are hidden from IntelliSense and the Properties pane in Visual Studio helps developers avoid using them by mistake. All these hidden properties are noted as such in their respective Help topics.

The DeclarativeCatalogPart class also has several methods. The GetAvailableWebPartDescriptions method retrieves a WebPartDescription object for each WebPart control in the catalog, which enables a DeclarativeCatalogPart control to display information about each server control without having to create an instance of it. Another method is the GetWebPart method. This method gets an instance of a particular WebPart control, based on the description passed to the method.

NoteNote

To improve accessibility, the DeclarativeCatalogPart control is rendered within a <fieldset> element. The <fieldset> element groups the related set of controls used for editing in the DeclarativeCatalogPart control, and it facilitates tabbed navigation among those controls for both visual user agents (such as ordinary Web browsers) and speech-oriented user agents (such as screen-reading software).

TopicLocation
How to: Enable Users to Import Web Parts Control SettingsBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Set the Display Mode of a Web Parts PageBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Provide Optional Web Parts ControlsBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Enable Users to Import Web Parts Control SettingsBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Set the Display Mode of a Web Parts PageBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Provide Optional Web Parts ControlsBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications

The following code example demonstrates how to use the DeclarativeCatalogPart control declaratively on a Web page. The example has four parts:

  • A user control that enables you to change display modes on a Web Parts page.

  • A Web page that contains a CatalogZone control and a DeclarativeCatalogPart control.

  • A source code file that contains two custom WebPart controls.

  • An explanation of how the example works when you load the page in a browser.

The first part of this code example is the user control that enables you to change display modes on the page. For details about display modes and a description of the source code in this control, see Walkthrough: Changing Display Modes on a Web Parts Page.

<%@ control language="C#" classname="DisplayModeMenuCS"%>
<script runat="server">

 // Use a field to reference the current WebPartManager.
  WebPartManager _manager;

  void Page_Init(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    Page.InitComplete += new EventHandler(InitComplete);

  }  

  void InitComplete(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
  {
    _manager = WebPartManager.GetCurrentWebPartManager(Page);

    String browseModeName = WebPartManager.BrowseDisplayMode.Name;

    // Fill the dropdown with the names of supported display modes.
    foreach (WebPartDisplayMode mode in _manager.SupportedDisplayModes)
    {
      String modeName = mode.Name;
      // Make sure a mode is enabled before adding it.
      if (mode.IsEnabled(_manager))
      {
        ListItem item = new ListItem(modeName, modeName);
        DisplayModeDropdown.Items.Add(item);
      }
    }

    // If shared scope is allowed for this user, display the scope-switching
    // UI and select the appropriate radio button for the current user scope.
    if (_manager.Personalization.CanEnterSharedScope)
    {
      Panel2.Visible = true;
      if (_manager.Personalization.Scope == PersonalizationScope.User)
        RadioButton1.Checked = true;
      else
        RadioButton2.Checked = true;
    }

  }

  // Change the page to the selected display mode.
  void DisplayModeDropdown_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    String selectedMode = DisplayModeDropdown.SelectedValue;

    WebPartDisplayMode mode = _manager.SupportedDisplayModes[selectedMode];
    if (mode != null)
      _manager.DisplayMode = mode;
  }

  // Set the selected item equal to the current display mode.
  void Page_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    ListItemCollection items = DisplayModeDropdown.Items;
    int selectedIndex = 
      items.IndexOf(items.FindByText(_manager.DisplayMode.Name));
    DisplayModeDropdown.SelectedIndex = selectedIndex;
  }

  // Reset all of a user's personalization data for the page.
  protected void LinkButton1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    _manager.Personalization.ResetPersonalizationState();
  }

  // If not in User personalization scope, toggle into it.
  protected void RadioButton1_CheckedChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    if (_manager.Personalization.Scope == PersonalizationScope.Shared)
      _manager.Personalization.ToggleScope();
  }

  // If not in Shared scope, and if user is allowed, toggle the scope.
  protected void RadioButton2_CheckedChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    if (_manager.Personalization.CanEnterSharedScope && 
        _manager.Personalization.Scope == PersonalizationScope.User)
      _manager.Personalization.ToggleScope();
  }
</script>
<div>
  <asp:Panel ID="Panel1" runat="server" 
    Borderwidth="1" 
    Width="230" 
    BackColor="lightgray"
    Font-Names="Verdana, Arial, Sans Serif" >
    <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" 
      Text="&nbsp;Display Mode" 
      Font-Bold="true"
      Font-Size="8"
      Width="120" 
      AssociatedControlID="DisplayModeDropdown"/>
    <asp:DropDownList ID="DisplayModeDropdown" runat="server"  
      AutoPostBack="true" 
      Width="120"
      OnSelectedIndexChanged="DisplayModeDropdown_SelectedIndexChanged" />
    <asp:LinkButton ID="LinkButton1" runat="server"
      Text="Reset User State" 
      ToolTip="Reset the current user's personalization data for the page."
      Font-Size="8" 
      OnClick="LinkButton1_Click" />
    <asp:Panel ID="Panel2" runat="server" 
      GroupingText="Personalization Scope"
      Font-Bold="true"
      Font-Size="8" 
      Visible="false" >
      <asp:RadioButton ID="RadioButton1" runat="server" 
        Text="User" 
        AutoPostBack="true"
        GroupName="Scope" OnCheckedChanged="RadioButton1_CheckedChanged" />
      <asp:RadioButton ID="RadioButton2" runat="server" 
        Text="Shared" 
        AutoPostBack="true"
        GroupName="Scope" 
        OnCheckedChanged="RadioButton2_CheckedChanged" />
    </asp:Panel>
  </asp:Panel>
</div>

The second part of the code example is the Web page. At the top of the page are two Register directives, one for the user control and one for the compiled component that contains the two custom WebPart controls. Notice that the page has a declarative reference to the DeclarativeCatalogPart control, nested within the proper hierarchy of declarative elements as described in the Remarks section of this topic. The <asp:declarativecatalogpart> element contains a <webpartstemplate> element, which in turn contains references for a standard ASP.NET Calendar control and the two custom WebPart controls; these are the controls that users can select from the catalog. The page also contains editing capability, with a PropertyGridEditorPart control declared on the page. This control enables users to edit certain properties on the custom WebPart controls after they have been added to the page, and after the user has switched the page to edit mode.

<%@ page language="c#" %>
<%@ register TagPrefix="uc1" 
  TagName="DisplayModeMenuCS" 
  Src="DisplayModeMenuCS.ascx" %>
<%@ register tagprefix="aspSample" 
  Namespace="Samples.AspNet.CS.Controls" 
  Assembly="UserInfoWebPartCS" %>

<!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 id="Head1" runat="server">
    <title>
      DeclarativeCatalogPart Control
    </title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
      <asp:webpartmanager id="WebPartManager1" runat="server"  />
      <uc1:DisplayModeMenuCS ID="DisplayModeMenu1" runat="server" />
      <asp:webpartzone id="zone1" runat="server" >
        <PartTitleStyle BorderWidth="1" 
          Font-Names="Verdana, Arial"
          Font-Size="110%"
          BackColor="LightBlue" />
        <zonetemplate>
          <asp:BulletedList ID="BulletedList1" 
            Runat="server"
            DisplayMode="HyperLink"
            Title="Favorites">
            <asp:ListItem Value="http://msdn.microsoft.com">
              MSDN
            </asp:ListItem>
            <asp:ListItem Value="http://www.asp.net">
              ASP.NET
            </asp:ListItem>
            <asp:ListItem Value="http://www.msn.com">
              MSN
            </asp:ListItem>
          </asp:BulletedList>
        </zonetemplate>
      </asp:webpartzone> 
      <asp:CatalogZone ID="CatalogZone1" runat="server">
        <ZoneTemplate>
          <asp:DeclarativeCatalogPart ID="DeclarativeCatalogPart1"  
            runat="server" 
            Title="Web Parts Catalog"
            ChromeType="TitleOnly" 
            Description="Contains a user control with Web Parts and 
              an ASP.NET Calendar control.">
            <WebPartsTemplate>
              <asp:Calendar ID="Calendar1" runat="server" 
                Title="My Calendar" 
                Description="ASP.NET Calendar control used as a personal calendar." />
              <aspSample:UserInfoWebPart 
                runat="server"   
                id="userinfo1" 
                title = "User Information WebPart"
                Description ="Contains custom, editable user information 
                  for display on a page." />
              <aspSample:TextDisplayWebPart 
                runat="server"   
                id="TextDisplayWebPart1" 
                title = "Text Display WebPart" 
                Description="Contains a label that users can dynamically update." />
            </WebPartsTemplate>              
          </asp:DeclarativeCatalogPart>
        </ZoneTemplate>
      </asp:CatalogZone>
      <asp:EditorZone ID="EditorZone1" runat="server">
      <ZoneTemplate>
        <asp:PropertyGridEditorPart ID="PropertyGridEditorPart1" runat="server" />
      </ZoneTemplate>
      </asp:EditorZone> 
    </form>
  </body>
</html>

The third part of the code example is the source code for the two WebPart controls. Notice that some properties on these controls are marked with the WebBrowsable attribute. This enables the PropertyGridEditorPart control to dynamically generate the user interface (UI) for a user to edit those properties when the controls are in edit mode. The properties are also marked with a WebDisplayName attribute, to specify the text of the label that appears next to each control in the editing UI.

For the code example to run, you must compile this source code. You can compile it explicitly and put the resulting assembly in your Web site's Bin folder or the global assembly cache. Alternatively, you can put the source code in your site's App_Code folder, where it will be dynamically compiled at run time. For a walkthrough that demonstrates both methods of compiling, see Walkthrough: Developing and Using a Custom Web Server Control.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Security.Permissions;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;

namespace Samples.AspNet.CS.Controls
{
  [AspNetHostingPermission(SecurityAction.Demand,
    Level = AspNetHostingPermissionLevel.Minimal)]
  [AspNetHostingPermission(SecurityAction.InheritanceDemand,
    Level = AspNetHostingPermissionLevel.Minimal)]
  public class UserInfoWebPart : WebPart
  {
    HttpServerUtility server = HttpContext.Current.Server;
    private String _userNickName = "Add a nickname.";
    private String _userPetName = "Add a pet's name.";
    private DateTime _userSpecialDate = DateTime.Now;
    private Boolean _userIsCurrent = true;
    private JobTypeName _userJobType = JobTypeName.Unselected;
    public enum JobTypeName
    {
      Unselected = 0,
      Support = 1,
      Service = 2,
      Professional = 3, 
      Technical = 4,
      Manager = 5,
      Executive = 6
    }
    Label NickNameLabel;
    Label PetNameLabel;
    Label SpecialDateLabel;
    CheckBox IsCurrentCheckBox;
    Label JobTypeLabel;

    // Add the Personalizable and WebBrowsable attributes to the   
    // public properties, so that users can save property values   
    // and edit them with a PropertyGridEditorPart control.
    [Personalizable(), WebBrowsable, WebDisplayName("Nickname")]
    public String NickName
    {
      get 
      { 
        object o = ViewState["NickName"];
        if (o != null)
          return (string)o;
        else 
          return _userNickName;        
      } 

      set { _userNickName = server.HtmlEncode(value); }
    }

    [Personalizable(), WebBrowsable, WebDisplayName("Pet Name")]
    public String PetName
    {
      get 
      { 
        object o = ViewState["PetName"];
        if (o != null)
          return (string)o;
        else 
          return _userPetName;        
      }

      set { _userPetName = server.HtmlEncode(value); }
    }

    [Personalizable(), WebBrowsable(), WebDisplayName("Special Day")]
    public DateTime SpecialDay
    {
      get
      {
        object o = ViewState["SpecialDay"];
        if (o != null)
          return (DateTime)o;
        else 
          return _userSpecialDate;

      }

      set { _userSpecialDate = value; }
    }

    [Personalizable(), WebBrowsable(), WebDisplayName("Job Type")]
    public JobTypeName UserJobType
    {
      get
      {
        object o = ViewState["UserJobType"];
        if (o != null)
          return (JobTypeName)o;
        else 
          return _userJobType;
      }

      set { _userJobType = (JobTypeName)value; }
    }

    [Personalizable(), WebBrowsable(), WebDisplayName("Is Current")]
    public Boolean IsCurrent
    {
      get
      {
        object o = ViewState["IsCurrent"];
        if (o != null)
          return (Boolean)o;
        else 
          return _userIsCurrent;
      }

      set { _userIsCurrent = value; }
    }


    protected override void CreateChildControls()
    {
      Controls.Clear();

      NickNameLabel = new Label();
      NickNameLabel.Text = this.NickName;
      SetControlAttributes(NickNameLabel);

      PetNameLabel = new Label();
      PetNameLabel.Text = this.PetName;
      SetControlAttributes(PetNameLabel);

      SpecialDateLabel = new Label();
      SpecialDateLabel.Text = this.SpecialDay.ToShortDateString();
      SetControlAttributes(SpecialDateLabel);

      IsCurrentCheckBox = new CheckBox();
      IsCurrentCheckBox.Checked = this.IsCurrent;
      SetControlAttributes(IsCurrentCheckBox);

      JobTypeLabel = new Label();
      JobTypeLabel.Text = this.UserJobType.ToString();
      SetControlAttributes(JobTypeLabel);

      ChildControlsCreated = true;

    }

    private void SetControlAttributes(WebControl ctl)
    {
      ctl.BackColor = Color.White;
      ctl.BorderWidth = 1;
      ctl.Width = 200;
      this.Controls.Add(ctl);
    }

    protected override void RenderContents(HtmlTextWriter writer)
    {
      writer.Write("Nickname:");
      writer.WriteBreak();
      NickNameLabel.RenderControl(writer);
      writer.WriteBreak();
      writer.Write("Pet Name:");
      writer.WriteBreak();
      PetNameLabel.RenderControl(writer);
      writer.WriteBreak();
      writer.Write("Special Date:");
      writer.WriteBreak();
      SpecialDateLabel.RenderControl(writer);
      writer.WriteBreak();
      writer.Write("Job Type:");
      writer.WriteBreak();
      JobTypeLabel.RenderControl(writer);
      writer.WriteBreak();
      writer.Write("Current:");
      writer.WriteBreak();
      IsCurrentCheckBox.RenderControl(writer);
    }
  }


  [AspNetHostingPermission(SecurityAction.Demand,
    Level = AspNetHostingPermissionLevel.Minimal)]
  [AspNetHostingPermission(SecurityAction.InheritanceDemand,
    Level = AspNetHostingPermissionLevel.Minimal)]
  public class TextDisplayWebPart : WebPart
  {
    private String _contentText = null;
    TextBox input;
    Label DisplayContent;
    Literal lineBreak;

    [Personalizable(), WebBrowsable]
    public String ContentText
    {
      get { return _contentText; }
      set { _contentText = value; }
    }

    protected override void CreateChildControls()
    {
      Controls.Clear();
      DisplayContent = new Label();
      DisplayContent.BackColor = Color.LightBlue;
      DisplayContent.Text = this.ContentText;
      this.Controls.Add(DisplayContent);

      lineBreak = new Literal();
      lineBreak.Text = @"<br />";
      Controls.Add(lineBreak);

      input = new TextBox();
      this.Controls.Add(input);
      Button update = new Button();
      update.Text = "Set Label Content";
      update.Click += new EventHandler(this.submit_Click);
      this.Controls.Add(update);

    }

    private void submit_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
      // Update the label string. 
      if (input.Text != String.Empty)
      {
        _contentText = input.Text + @"<br />";
        input.Text = String.Empty;
        DisplayContent.Text = this.ContentText;
      }
    }

  }

}

When you load the page in a browser, select Catalog Mode in the Display Mode drop-down list control to switch to catalog mode. In catalog mode, you can see the controls that are available to be added to the page. Add all three controls, and then use the Display Mode drop-down list to return the page to browse mode. The three controls appear on the page. If you use the Display Mode drop-down list and switch the page to edit mode, you can click the verbs menu (the downward arrow) in the title bar of the User Information WebPart control, and click Edit to edit the control. When the editing UI is visible, you can see the PropertyGridEditorPart control. Notice that a control is rendered for each of the properties of the UserInfoWebPart class that was marked with the WebBrowsable attribute. If you make some changes in the editing UI and click the Apply button, you can use the Display Mode drop-down list to return the page to browse mode and see the full effect of the editing changes.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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