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AdRotator Class

Displays an advertisement banner on a Web page.

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

public class AdRotator : DataBoundControl
<asp:AdRotator />

The AdRotator type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodAdRotatorInitializes a new instance of the AdRotator 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.)
Protected propertyAdapterGets the browser-specific adapter for the control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyAdvertisementFileGets or sets the path to an XML file that contains advertisement information.
Public propertyAlternateTextFieldGets or sets a custom data field to use in place of the AlternateText attribute for an advertisement.
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 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.)
Protected propertyChildControlsCreatedGets a value that indicates whether the server control's child controls have been created. (Inherited from Control.)
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 propertyClientIDSeparatorGets a character value representing the separator character used in 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 propertyControlsGets a ControlCollection object that represents the child controls for a specified server control in the UI hierarchy. (Inherited from Control.)
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 propertyDataMemberGets or sets the name of the list of data that the data-bound control binds to, in cases where the data source contains more than one distinct list of data items. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Public propertyDataSourceGets or sets the object from which the data-bound control retrieves its list of data items. (Inherited from BaseDataBoundControl.)
Public propertyDataSourceIDGets or sets the ID of the control from which the data-bound control retrieves its list of data items. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Public propertyDataSourceObjectGets an object that implements the IDataSource interface, which provides access to the object's data content. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected propertyDesignModeGets a value indicating whether a control is being used on a design surface. (Inherited from Control.)
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.)
Protected propertyEventsGets a list of event handler delegates for the control. This property is read-only. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyFontInfrastructure. Gets the font properties associated with the advertisement banner control. (Overrides WebControl.Font.)
Public propertyForeColorGets or sets the foreground color (typically the color of the text) of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyHasAttributesGets a value indicating whether the control has attributes set. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected propertyHasChildViewStateGets a value indicating whether the current server control's child controls have any saved view-state settings. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyHeightGets or sets the height of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyIDGets or sets the programmatic identifier assigned to the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyIdSeparatorInfrastructure. Gets the character used to separate control identifiers. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyImageUrlFieldGets or sets a custom data field to use in place of the ImageUrl attribute for an advertisement.
Protected propertyInitializedGets a value indicating whether the data-bound control has been initialized. (Inherited from BaseDataBoundControl.)
Protected propertyIsBoundUsingDataSourceIDGets a value indicating whether the DataSourceID property is set. (Inherited from BaseDataBoundControl.)
Protected propertyIsChildControlStateClearedGets a value indicating whether controls contained within this control have control state. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyIsDataBindingAutomaticGets a value that indicates whether data binding is automatic. (Inherited from BaseDataBoundControl.)
Protected propertyIsEnabledGets a value indicating whether the control is enabled. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected propertyIsTrackingViewStateGets a value that indicates whether the server control is saving changes to its view state. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyIsUsingModelBindersGets a value that indicates whether model binding is in use. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected propertyIsViewStateEnabledGets a value indicating whether view state is enabled for this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertyItemTypeGets or sets the name of the data item type for strongly typed data binding. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Public propertyKeywordFilterGets or sets a category keyword to filter for specific types of advertisements in the XML advertisement file.
Protected propertyLoadViewStateByIDGets a value indicating whether the control participates in loading its view state by ID instead of index. (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 propertyNavigateUrlFieldGets or sets a custom data field to use in place of the NavigateUrl attribute for an advertisement.
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.)
Protected propertyRequiresDataBindingGets or sets a value indicating whether the DataBind method should be called. (Inherited from BaseDataBoundControl.)
Protected propertySelectArgumentsGets a DataSourceSelectArguments object that the data-bound control uses when retrieving data from a data source control. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Public propertySelectMethodThe name of the method to call in order to read data. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
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 BaseDataBoundControl.)
Public propertyTabIndexGets or sets the tab index of the Web server control. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected propertyTagKeyGets the HTML tag for the AdRotator control. (Overrides WebControl.TagKey.)
Protected propertyTagNameGets the name of the control tag. This property is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Public propertyTargetGets or sets the name of the browser window or frame that displays the contents of the Web page linked to when the AdRotator control is clicked.
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 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 AdRotator control. (Overrides Control.UniqueID.)
Public propertyValidateRequestModeGets or sets a value that indicates whether the control checks client input from the browser for potentially dangerous values. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyViewStateGets a dictionary of state information that allows you to save and restore the view state of a server control across multiple requests for the same page. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected propertyViewStateIgnoresCaseGets a value that indicates whether the StateBag object is case-insensitive. (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.)
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  NameDescription
Protected methodAddAttributesToRenderAdds HTML attributes and styles that need to be rendered to the specified HtmlTextWriterTag. This method is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected methodAddedControlCalled after a child control is added to the Controls collection of the Control object. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodAddParsedSubObjectNotifies the server control that an element, either XML or HTML, was parsed, and adds the element to the server control's ControlCollection 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.)
Protected methodBeginRenderTracingBegins design-time tracing of rendering data. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodBuildProfileTreeInfrastructure. Gathers information about the server control and delivers it to the Trace property to be displayed when tracing is enabled for the page. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodClearCachedClientIDInfrastructure. Sets the cached ClientID value to null. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodClearChildControlStateDeletes the control-state information for the server control's child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodClearChildStateDeletes the view-state and control-state information for all the server control's child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodClearChildViewStateDeletes the view-state information for all the server control's child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodClearEffectiveClientIDModeInfrastructure. Sets the ClientIDMode property of the current control instance and of any child controls to Inherit. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodConfirmInitStateSets the initialized state of the data-bound control. (Inherited from BaseDataBoundControl.)
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.)
Protected methodCreateControlCollectionCreates a new ControlCollection object to hold the child controls (both literal and server) of the server control. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodCreateControlStyleCreates the style object that is used internally by the WebControl class to implement all style related properties. This method is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected methodCreateDataSourceSelectArgumentsCreates a default DataSourceSelectArguments object used by the data-bound control if no arguments are specified. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Public methodDataBind()Binds a data source to the invoked server control and all its child controls. (Inherited from BaseDataBoundControl.)
Protected methodDataBind(Boolean)Binds a data source to the invoked server control and all its child controls with an option to raise the DataBinding event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodDataBindChildrenBinds a data source to the server control's child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodDisposeEnables a server control to perform final clean up before it is released from memory. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodEndRenderTracingEnds design-time tracing of rendering data. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodEnsureChildControlsDetermines whether the server control contains child controls. If it does not, it creates child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodEnsureDataBoundCalls the DataBind method if the DataSourceID property is set and the data-bound control is marked to require binding. (Inherited from BaseDataBoundControl.)
Protected methodEnsureIDCreates an identifier for controls that do not have an identifier assigned. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodFindControl(String)Searches the current naming container for a server control with the specified id parameter. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodFindControl(String, Int32)Infrastructure. Searches the current naming container for a server control with the specified id and an integer, specified in the pathOffset parameter, which aids in the search. You should not override this version of the FindControl method. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodFocusSets input focus to a control. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodGetDataRetrieves a DataSourceView object that the data-bound control uses to perform data operations. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodGetDataSourceRetrieves the IDataSource interface that the data-bound control is associated with, if any. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodGetDesignModeStateInfrastructure. Gets design-time data for a control. (Inherited from Control.)
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 methodHasControlsDetermines if the server control contains any child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodHasEventsReturns a value indicating whether events are registered for the control or any child controls. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodIsLiteralContentInfrastructure. Determines if the server control holds only literal content. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodLoadControlStateRestores control-state information from a previous page request that was saved by the SaveControlState method. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodLoadViewStateRestores view-state information from a previous page request that was saved by the SaveViewState method. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodMapPathSecureRetrieves the physical path that a virtual path, either absolute or relative, maps to. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodMarkAsDataBoundSets the state of the control in view state as successfully bound to data. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
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 methodOnAdCreatedRaises the AdCreated event for the AdRotator control.
Protected methodOnBubbleEventDetermines whether the event for the server control is passed up the page's UI server control hierarchy. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOnCreatingModelDataSourceRaises the CreatingModelDataSource event. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodOnDataBindingRaises the DataBinding event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOnDataBoundRaises the DataBound event. (Inherited from BaseDataBoundControl.)
Protected methodOnDataPropertyChangedRebinds the data-bound control to its data after one of the base data source identification properties changes. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodOnDataSourceViewChangedRaises the DataSourceViewChanged event. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodOnInitRaises the Init event. (Overrides BaseDataBoundControl.OnInit(EventArgs).)
Protected methodOnLoadHandles the Control.Load event. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodOnPagePreLoadSets the initialized state of the data-bound control before the control is loaded. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodOnPreRenderGets the advertisement information for rendering by looking up the file data or calling the user event. (Overrides BaseDataBoundControl.OnPreRender(EventArgs).)
Protected methodOnUnloadRaises the Unload event. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodOpenFileGets a Stream used to read a file. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodPerformDataBindingBinds the specified data source to the AdRotator control. (Overrides DataBoundControl.PerformDataBinding(IEnumerable).)
Protected methodPerformSelectRetrieves the advertisement data from the associated data source. (Overrides DataBoundControl.PerformSelect().)
Protected methodRaiseBubbleEventAssigns any sources of the event and its information to the control's parent. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodRemovedControlCalled after a child control is removed from the Controls collection of the Control object. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodRenderDisplays the AdRotator control on the client. (Overrides WebControl.Render(HtmlTextWriter).)
Public methodRenderBeginTagRenders the HTML opening tag of the control to the specified writer. This method is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
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.)
Protected methodRenderControl(HtmlTextWriter, ControlAdapter)Outputs server control content to a provided HtmlTextWriter object using a provided ControlAdapter object. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodRenderEndTagRenders the HTML closing tag of the control into the specified writer. This method is used primarily by control developers. (Inherited from WebControl.)
Protected methodResolveAdapterGets the control adapter responsible for rendering the specified control. (Inherited from Control.)
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.)
Protected methodSaveViewStateSaves any view-state changes that have occurred since the time the page was posted back to the server. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodSetDesignModeStateSets design-time data for a control. (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.)
Protected methodTrackViewStateCauses view-state changes to the control to be tracked so they can be stored in the control's StateBag object. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Protected methodValidateDataSourceVerifies that the object a data-bound control binds to is one it can work with. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
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Public eventAdCreatedOccurs once per round trip to the server after the creation of the control, but before the page is rendered.
Public eventCallingDataMethodsOccurs when data methods are being called. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Public eventCreatingModelDataSourceOccurs when the ModelDataSource object is being created. (Inherited from DataBoundControl.)
Public eventDataBindingOccurs when the server control binds to a data source. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventDataBoundOccurs after the server control binds to a data source. (Inherited from BaseDataBoundControl.)
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 MethodEnablePersistedSelectionEnables selection to be persisted in data controls that support selection and paging. (Defined by DynamicDataExtensions.)
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 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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Introduction

Use the AdRotator control to display a randomly selected advertisement banner on the Web page. The displayed advertisement changes whenever the page refreshes.

Advertisement information is stored in a separate XML file. The XML file allows you to maintain a list of advertisements and their associated attributes. Attributes include the path to an image to display, the URL to link to when the control is clicked, the alternate text to display when the image is not available, a keyword, and the frequency of the advertisement. Information in this file is not validated by the AdRotator control. To prevent ads from executing malicious scripts, you should always check the data before releasing it, or accept ad information only from trusted sources.

To secure your advertisement file from unauthorized Internet access, do one or more of the following:

  • Store it in the App_Data directory, which is configured to deny Internet access for files of any type.

  • Rename the file with an extension that is not .xml, and map the extension to the HttpForbiddenHandler in Web.config. For more information, see the httpHandlers section in your Machine.config file.

As an alternative to an XML file as the source of data, it is possible to provide advertisement information through a callback event. This event can also be used in combination with the XML file to extend the behavior of the AdRotator control, such as redirecting to another page. See the AdvertisementFile property for additional information on the file format.

NoteNote

When page caching is enabled, an AdRotator control is not cached. A new advertisement is selected whenever the Web page refreshes. A new advertisement is not selected, however, if you provide an event handler for the AdCreated event.

XML Advertisement File Format

The AdRotator control uses a separate XML advertisement file to store the advertisement information, such as the location of the image to display and the URL of the page to link to. The AdvertisementFile property of the AdRotator control specifies the path to this file.

When creating the advertisement file, opening and closing <Advertisements> tags mark the beginning and the end of the file, respectively. Opening and closing <Ad> tags delimit each advertisement. All advertisements are nested between the opening and closing <Advertisements> tags. If the file contains multiple <Advertisements> tags, only the first set of <Advertisements> tags in the file will be parsed by the AdRotator control. All other <Advertisements> tags will be ignored.

The data elements for each advertisement are nested between the opening and closing <Ad> tags. Although certain data elements are predefined (such as ImageUrl and NavigateUrl), you can place custom elements between the <Ad> tags. These elements will be read by the AdRotator control when it parses the file. The information is then passed to the AdCreated event in the AdProperties dictionary property.

The following table lists the data elements that are predefined for the XML advertisement file.

Element

Description

ImageUrl

The absolute or relative URL to an image file (optional).

NavigateUrl

The URL of a page to link to if the user clicks the ad (optional).

NoteNote

If this element is not set, the HRef property is not rendered on the anchor tag.

Height

The height of the image, in pixels (optional).

Width

The width of the image, in pixels (optional).

AlternateText

The text display in place of the image when the image specified by the ImageUrl property is not available (optional).

In some browsers, this text also appears as a ToolTip for the advertisement.

Keyword

A category for the advertisement (for example, "computers") that you can filter by (optional).

Impressions

A number that indicates the importance of the ad in the schedule of rotation relative to the other ads in the file (optional).

The larger the number, the more often the ad is displayed. The total of all <Impressions> values in the XML file cannot exceed 2,047,999,999. If it does, the AdRotator control throws a run-time exception.

The following example shows the format for the XML advertisement file.

<Advertisements>
  <Ad>
    <ImageUrl>
      URL of image to display for Advertisement #1
    </ImageUrl>
    <NavigateUrl>
      URL of page to link to for Advertisement #1
    </NavigateUrl>
    <AlternateText>
      Text to show as a ToolTip for Advertisement #1
    </AlternateText>
    <Keyword>
      Keyword used to filter for Advertisement #1
    </Keyword>
    <Impressions>
       Relative importance of Advertisement #1
    </Impressions>
    <CustomInformation>
      Custom Data about Advertisement #1
    </CustomInformation>
  </Ad>
</Advertisements>

Declarative Syntax

<asp:AdRotator
    AccessKey="string"
    AdvertisementFile="uri"
    AlternateTextField="string"
    BackColor="color name|#dddddd"
    BorderColor="color name|#dddddd"
    BorderStyle="NotSet|None|Dotted|Dashed|Solid|Double|Groove|Ridge|
        Inset|Outset"
    BorderWidth="size"
    CssClass="string"
    DataMember="string"
    DataSource="string"
    DataSourceID="string"
    Enabled="True|False"
    EnableTheming="True|False"
    EnableViewState="True|False"
    ForeColor="color name|#dddddd"
    Height="size"
    ID="string"
    ImageUrlField="string"
    KeywordFilter="string"
    NavigateUrlField="string"
    OnAdCreated="AdCreated event handler"
    OnDataBinding="DataBinding event handler"
    OnDataBound="DataBound event handler"
    OnDisposed="Disposed event handler"
    OnInit="Init event handler"
    OnLoad="Load event handler"
    OnPreRender="PreRender event handler"
    OnUnload="Unload event handler"
    runat="server"
    SkinID="string"
    Style="string"
    TabIndex="integer"
    Target="string|_blank|_parent|_search|_self|_top"
    ToolTip="string"
    Visible="True|False"
    Width="size"
/>

The following code example demonstrates how to use the AdRotator control to display an advertisement banner on a Web page.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >

 <head runat="server">
    <title>AdRotator Example</title>
</head>

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

       <h3>AdRotator Example</h3>

       <asp:AdRotator id="AdRotator1" runat="server"
            Target="_self"
            AdvertisementFile="~/App_Data/Ads.xml"/>

    </form>
 </body>

 </html>

The following code example demonstrates the file format for an XML file that contains advertisement information for the previous example. For more information on the file format, see the AdvertisementFile member.

<Advertisements>
  <Ad>
    <ImageUrl>~/Images/image1.jpg</ImageUrl>
    <height>60</height>
    <width>190</width>
    <NavigateUrl>http://www.microsoft.com</NavigateUrl>
    <AlternateText>Microsoft Main Site</AlternateText>
    <Impressions>80</Impressions>
    <Keyword>Topic1</Keyword>
  </Ad>
  <Ad>
    <ImageUrl>~/Images/image2.jpg</ImageUrl>
    <height>90</height>
    <width>90</width>
    <NavigateUrl>http://www.wingtiptoys.com</NavigateUrl>
    <AlternateText>Wingtip Toys</AlternateText>
    <Impressions>80</Impressions>
    <Keyword>Topic2</Keyword>
  </Ad>
</Advertisements>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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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