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ImportCatalogPart Class

Imports a description file for a WebPart control (or other ASP.NET server control used as a WebPart control), so that users can add the control to a Web page with pre-defined settings. This class cannot be inherited.

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

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

The ImportCatalogPart type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodImportCatalogPartInitializes a new instance of the ImportCatalogPart class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyAccessKeyGets or sets the access key that allows you to quickly navigate to the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
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 propertyBackColorGets or sets the background color of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyBackImageUrlGets or sets the URL of the background image for the panel control. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyBindingContainerInfrastructure. Gets the control that contains this control's data binding. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyBorderColorGets or sets the border color of the Web control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyBorderStyleGets or sets the border style of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyBorderWidthGets or sets the border width of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyBrowseHelpTextGets or sets a text message that instructs users to browse to the location of a description file.
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 propertyCssClassGets or sets the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) class rendered by the Web server control on the client. (Inherited from WebControl.)
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 propertyDefaultButtonGets or sets what button in the user interface (UI) is treated as the default button that receives the focus when form that contains the button is rendered. This property is not intended to be called from page developer code. (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 propertyDirectionGets or sets the direction in which to display controls that include text in a Panel control. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyDisplayTitleGets a string that contains the actual current title of a CatalogPart control. (Inherited from CatalogPart.)
Public propertyEnabledGets or sets a value indicating whether the Web server control is enabled. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyEnableThemingGets or sets a value indicating whether themes apply to this control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
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 propertyFontGets the font properties associated with the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyForeColorGets or sets the foreground color (typically the color of the text) of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyGroupingTextGets or sets the caption for the group of controls that is contained in the panel control. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyHasAttributesGets a value indicating whether the control has attributes set. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyHeightGets or sets the height of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyHorizontalAlignGets or sets the horizontal alignment of the contents within the panel. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertyIDGets or sets the programmatic identifier assigned to the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyImportedPartLabelTextGets or sets text displayed after a user imports a description file to represent or describe the imported control within the catalog of imported controls.
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 propertyPartImportErrorLabelTextGets or sets an error message that is displayed if an error occurs during the import process.
Public propertyRenderingCompatibilityGets a value that specifies the ASP.NET version that rendered HTML will be compatible with. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyScrollBarsGets or sets the visibility and position of scroll bars in a Panel control. (Inherited from Panel.)
Public propertySiteGets information about the container that hosts the current control when rendered on a design surface. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySkinIDGets or sets the skin to apply to the control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
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 propertyTabIndexGets or sets the tab index of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
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 title bar of an ImportCatalogPart control. (Overrides Part.Title.)
Public propertyToolTipGets or sets the text displayed when the mouse pointer hovers over the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyUniqueIDGets the unique, hierarchically qualified identifier for the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyUploadButtonTextGets or sets the text for the Button control that initiates the upload of a description file.
Public propertyUploadHelpTextGets or sets the text of the message that tells the user how to upload a description file.
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 propertyVisibleGets or sets a value that indicates whether a server control is rendered as UI on the page. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyWidthGets or sets the width of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyWrapGets or sets a value indicating whether the content wraps within the panel. (Inherited from Panel.)
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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 values in 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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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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The ImportCatalogPart control enables users to import a description file that describes settings on a WebPart control or server control that a user wants to add to a WebPartZoneBase zone.

After a user imports a description file, the WebPart control referenced in the file appears within the ImportCatalogPart control, and a user can add the control to the page.

The description file is not the same as the control itself. It is an XML file that ends with a .WebPart extension and contains name/value pairs--mostly property values--that describe the state of the control. The description file is created according to a specified XML format, as described in the topic Web Parts Control Description Files.

As for the control that the description file refers to, it can either be compiled into an assembly, or it can be a user control defined in an .ascx file. In either case, the control referenced in an imported description file must exist on the Web server that hosts the page that is attempting to import the control. The description file references the control name and the assembly (or file) that contains the control, and the description file contains settings that affect the control's property values, appearance, and behavior.

The ImportCatalogPart control enables users to share settings on controls. A complex control can have many properties and settings. For example, in a typical intranet site within a large company, a custom WebPart control might contain a number of properties that hold values specific to the users' environment, such as their database connections, departmental information, and so on. The control might also contain a number of properties that affect its appearance. One user could personalize the control on a particular site and get it working properly, export a description file for the control, and then share the description file with other users, who could import the file to add the fully configured control to other intranet sites that they are allowed to personalize. As long as the compiled assembly or user control file containing the control exists on the Web server that is hosting their site, users can add the control to other Web sites.

The mechanism by which users import a description file (and hence its associated server control) into a Web page is the ImportCatalogPart control, which a page developer must add to a Web page. When a user switches the page to catalog display mode, the ImportCatalogPart control appears, and the user can user this control to browse to the .WebPart description file corresponding to the server control they want to import. Following the UI and instructions provided by the ImportCatalogPart control, a user is able to add the desired server control into the Web page, with its appearance and properties fully configured as specified in the imported description file.

Before a WebPart control's description file can be imported, a user must first create (export) the file based on an existing WebPart control. A description file can be exported for a control if the following conditions are met:

  • The control has properties marked with the Personalizable attribute.

  • The Web.config file has the enableExport attribute value set to true on the <webParts> element.

  • A developer sets the value of the ExportMode property on the control to a value other than the default value of None, which prohibits export. If the ExportMode property value is set to NonSensitiveData, any property that contains an IsSensitive parameter with a Personalizable attribute is not exported when a user exports a description file. This enables control developers to prevent sensitive data, such as connection strings, from being exported in certain situations.

A user can export a control that has been enabled for export by clicking the export verb that appears in the verbs menu of the control, and following the instructions to save a .WebPart description file for the control. Other users can then import this file to configure their own instances of the control.

The ImportCatalogPart class contains several properties. The BrowseHelpText property contains text with instructions for users when they browse to locate the description file. The ImportedPartLabelText property contains text that serves as a label for the imported control as it appears within the ImportCatalogPart control. The PartImportErrorLabelText contains text that is displayed if an error occurs when a control description is being imported. The Title property overrides the base property to assign a default title for an ImportCatalogPart control if the developer does not assign a title. The UploadButtonText property contains the text for the button that the user clicks to upload the description file, and the UploadHelpText property contains the instructions for the upload process.

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

There are some inherent risks associated with using the ImportCatalogPart control. One example is the possibility of importing malicious data into your Web application through the description files used for importing. If someone has placed malicious script code as the value of a string property in the description file, then that script could potentially be executed when a user imports the description file and adds the referenced server control to a Web page. To minimize the risk of importing description files with malicious data, server controls that have string-typed properties should always encode the property data. Another risk involves importing types through description files (see Web Parts Control Description Files). A malicious user could submit requests to load many assemblies into the AppDomain, resulting in an excessive amount of memory being consumed.

To avoid the risks associated with import, you can disable the feature altogether by not using the import feature or the ImportCatalogPart control. Or you can limit what users have access to the control. You could do this programmatically, using role management (see Managing Authorization Using Roles). For instance, when the page loads, you could test to see whether a user is in a certain role, such as the administrator role. If the user is in the role, you could programmatically add the ImportCatalogPart control to the page for that user. You could also use a declarative approach to limit the set of users that can use the ImportCatalogPart control. Within your web page that contains a catalog, you could place two CatalogZone controls: one for users who can import, and one for those who cannot. The zone for users who can import would contain the ImportCatalogPart control. The zone itself could be placed inside of a LoginView control, which would enable you to limit use of the control in the zone to only those authenticated users or roles that you specify.

TopicLocation
How to: Set the Display Mode of a Web Parts PageBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Export 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: Export Web Parts Control SettingsBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications

The following code example demonstrates how to use the ImportCatalogPart control declaratively and programmatically 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 an ImportCatalogPart 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 users to change display modes on a Web page. You should place the following source code in a file and name it Displaymodemenucs.ascx or Displaymodemenuvb.ascx (depending on which language you are using). 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 ImportCatalogPart control, nested within the proper hierarchy of declarative elements. Notice also that several property values are assigned declaratively on the <asp:importcatalogpart> element. Also, the Button1_Click method updates a number of property values on the ImportCatalogPart control.

In the page's WebPartZone control, the two custom WebPart controls are declared. The <aspSample:userinfowebpart> control has an exportmode="all" attribute on it. This attribute is required to enable users to export a description file for the control, which can then be imported by other users who wish to import the control using the description file.

NoteNote

To enable users of a Web Parts application to export a description file for WebPart controls, you must also enable the export feature in the Web application by adding an enableExport="true" attribute to the <webParts> element (which is a child of the <system.web> element) in the Web.config file. Export is disabled by default, so if you have not yet enabled export for your application, edit the Web.config file and do it now.

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

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

<script runat="server">

  protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    ImportCatalogPart1.Title = "Import Server Controls";
    ImportCatalogPart1.BrowseHelpText = "Enter the path to a "
      + "description file.";
    ImportCatalogPart1.UploadButtonText = "Upload Description";
    ImportCatalogPart1.UploadHelpText = "Upload a description file.";
    ImportCatalogPart1.ImportedPartLabelText = "Imported Controls";
    ImportCatalogPart1.PartImportErrorLabelText = "An error occured " 
      + "during the import process.";

  }

  protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    Button1.Visible = false;
  }

  protected void ImportCatalogPart1_PreRender(object sender, 
    EventArgs e)
  {
    Button1.Visible = true;
  }
</script>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head id="Head1" runat="server">
    <title>
      ImportCatalogPart 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>
          <aspSample:TextDisplayWebPart 
            runat="server"   
            id="TextDisplayWebPart1" 
            title = "Text Display WebPart" /> 
          <aspsample:userinfowebpart id="userinfo1" runat="server" 
            Title="User Information" exportmode="all" />
        </zonetemplate>
      </asp:webpartzone> 
      <asp:EditorZone ID="EditorZone1" runat="server">
        <ZoneTemplate>
          <asp:PropertyGridEditorPart ID="PropertyGridEditorPart1" 
            runat="server" />
        </ZoneTemplate>
      </asp:EditorZone>
      <asp:CatalogZone ID="CatalogZone1" runat="server">
        <ZoneTemplate>
          <asp:ImportCatalogPart ID="ImportCatalogPart1" 
            runat="server" 
            Title="My ImportCatalogPart" 
            OnPreRender="ImportCatalogPart1_PreRender"
            BrowseHelpText="Type a path or browse to find a control's 
              description file." 
            UploadButtonText="Upload Description File" 
            UploadHelpText="Click the button to upload the description 
              file."
            ImportedPartLabelText="My User Information WebPart" 
            PartImportErrorLabelText="An error occurred while trying 
              to import a description file."  />
        </ZoneTemplate>
      </asp:CatalogZone>
      <hr />
      <asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" 
        Text="Update ImportCatalogPart" 
        OnClick="Button1_Click" />
    </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. This code example uses dynamic compilation. For a walkthrough that demonstrates both methods of compiling, see Walkthrough: Developing and Using a Custom Web Server Control.

The custom control called TextDisplayWebPart is referenced on the Web page with an <aspSample:TextDisplayWebPart> element. The other control, called UserInfoWebPart, is also declared on the Web page initially, though you will remove it later to demonstrate the ability to import a description file for a 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 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 PetNickNameLabel;
    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);

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

      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();
      PetNickNameLabel.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 (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(input.Text))
      {
        _contentText = Context.Server.HtmlEncode(input.Text) + @"<br />";
        input.Text = String.Empty;
        DisplayContent.Text = this.ContentText;
      }
    }

  }

}

Now run the code example. Load the Web page in a browser. The first step is to edit the UserInfoWebPart control. Use the Display Mode drop-down list control and select Edit to switch the page to edit mode. Click the verbs menu of the UserInfoWebPart control (the downward arrow in the title bar), and then click Edit. When the editing UI appears, several editing controls appear below the UserInfoWebPart control that you can use to edit its field values. Edit some fields, click OK, and then use the Display Mode drop-down to return the page to browse mode.

The second step is to export a .WebPart description file for the UserInfoWebPart control. Click the verbs menu on the custom control (represented by the downward arrow in the title bar), and click Export. Follow the instructions to save a .WebPart description file for the control. Now close the Web page, and edit the page source in an editor. Delete the <aspSample:userinfowebpart> control declaration element, then save and close the file. (You are doing this step to simulate a user who does not yet have the UserInfoWebPart control, so you can import the control to the page).

Load the Web page again in a browser. The UserInfoWebPart control should not appear, because you removed it. Use the Display Mode drop-down list control and select Catalog to switch the page to catalog mode. In the ImportCatalogPart control, click the Browse button, and browse to the .WebPart file you created, then click the Upload button. A reference to the control should appear with a check box next to it. Select the check box, then click Add to add the control to the page.

While you are in this view of the page, click the Update ImportCatalogPart button near the bottom of the page to see the effect of programmatically updating a number of property values on the ImportCatalogPart control. After clicking the button, observe how the various properties are changed in the UI.

Finally, click Close to exit catalog mode and return the page to browse mode. The UserInfoWebPart control should now appear in the page, containing the values that it had when you exported it earlier.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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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