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ValidationConstraints Enumeration

Note: This enumeration is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Defines constants that inform ValidateChildren about how it should validate a container's child controls.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in system.windows.forms.dll)

[FlagsAttribute] 
public enum ValidationConstraints
/** @attribute FlagsAttribute() */ 
public enum ValidationConstraints
FlagsAttribute 
public enum ValidationConstraints
 Member nameDescription
EnabledValidates child controls whose Enabled property is set to true
ImmediateChildrenValidates child controls that are directly hosted within the container. Does not validate any of the children of these children. For example, if you have a Form that contains a custom UserControl, and the UserControl contains a Button, using ImmediateChildren will cause the Validating event of the UserControl to occur, but not the Validating event of the Button.  
NoneValidates all child controls, and all children of these child controls, regardless of their property settings.  
SelectableValidates child controls that can be selected. 
TabStopValidates child controls that have a TabStop value set, which means that the user can navigate to the control using the TAB key.  
VisibleValidates child controls whose Visible property is set to true

By default, ValidateChildren will validate all enabled controls in a container, such as a form. Use this enumeration to restrict the types of controls whose Validating event is raised.

You can combine these enumerated values together with a bitwise OR operation. With this you can instruct a call to ValidateChildren to validate, such as only enabled controls that are immediate children of the container.

If you do not specify ImmediateChildren when you call ValidateChildren, the method will require that you validate all child controls in the control hierarchy.

The following code example will only cause the Validating event to be raised for immediate children of the form whose Enabled property is true.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace ValidateChildrenWithConstraints
{
    class Form1 : Form
    {
        public static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            Application.EnableVisualStyles();
            Application.Run(new Form1());
        }

        private Form1()
        {
            this.Load += new EventHandler(Form1_Load);
        }

        void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            // Create controls on form.
            TextBox textBox1, textBox2, textBox3;
            FlowLayoutPanel flowPanel1;
            TextBox subTextBox1;
            Button button1;

            this.Size = new Size(500, 300);
            this.AutoValidate = AutoValidate.Disable;

            textBox1 = new TextBox();
            textBox1.Location = new Point(20, 20);
            textBox1.Size = new Size(75, textBox1.Size.Height);
            textBox1.CausesValidation = true;
            textBox1.Validating += new System.ComponentModel.CancelEventHandler(textBox1_Validating);
            this.Controls.Add(textBox1);

            textBox2 = new TextBox();
            textBox2.Location = new Point(105, 20);
            textBox2.Size = new Size(75, textBox2.Size.Height);
            textBox2.CausesValidation = true;
            textBox2.Validating += new System.ComponentModel.CancelEventHandler(textBox2_Validating);
            this.Controls.Add(textBox2);

            textBox3 = new TextBox();
            textBox3.Location = new Point(190, 20);
            textBox3.Size = new Size(75, textBox3.Size.Height);
            textBox3.Enabled = false;
            textBox3.CausesValidation = true;
            textBox3.Validating += new System.ComponentModel.CancelEventHandler(textBox3_Validating);
            this.Controls.Add(textBox3);

            button1 = new Button();
            button1.Text = "Click";
            button1.Location = new Point(270, 20);
            button1.Click += new EventHandler(button1_Click);
            this.Controls.Add(button1);

            flowPanel1 = new FlowLayoutPanel();
            flowPanel1.Size = new Size(400, 100);
            flowPanel1.Dock = DockStyle.Bottom;
            subTextBox1 = new TextBox();
            subTextBox1.CausesValidation = true;
            subTextBox1.Validating += new System.ComponentModel.CancelEventHandler(subTextBox1_Validating);
            flowPanel1.Controls.Add(subTextBox1);
            this.Controls.Add(flowPanel1);
        }

        void subTextBox1_Validating(object sender, System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs e)
        {
            MessageBox.Show("subTextBox1 Validating!");
        }

        void textBox1_Validating(object sender, System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs e)
        {
            MessageBox.Show("textBox1 Validating!");
        }

        void textBox2_Validating(object sender, System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs e)
        {
            MessageBox.Show("textBox2 Validating!");
        }

        void textBox3_Validating(object sender, System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs e)
        {
            MessageBox.Show("textBox3 Validating!");
        }

        void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            this.ValidateChildren(ValidationConstraints.ImmediateChildren | ValidationConstraints.Enabled);
        }
    }
}

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0
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