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RangeAttribute Class

Updated: July 2008

Specifies the numeric range constraints for the value of a data field in Dynamic Data.

Namespace:  System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations
Assembly:  System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations (in System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Property|AttributeTargets.Field, AllowMultiple = false)]
public class RangeAttribute : ValidationAttribute

When you apply this attribute to a data field, you must follow the guidelines for how to use validation attributes. For more information, see ASP.NET Dynamic Data Guidelines.

The following example shows how to use the RangeAttribute to customize formatting for a data field. The example performs the following steps:

  • Implements a metadata partial class and the associated metadata class.

  • In the associated metadata class, it applies the RangeAttribute attribute to obtain the following results:

    • Apply the attribute to a data field of type integer.

    • Apply the attribute to an integer data field and define a custom validation error message.

    • Apply the attribute to a DateTime data field and define a custom validation error message.

using System;
using System.Web.DynamicData;
using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;
using System.ComponentModel;

public partial class Product


public class ProductMetaData

    [Range(10, 1000, 
        ErrorMessage = "Value for {0} must be between {1} and {2}.")]
    public object Weight;

    [Range(300, 3000)]
    public object ListPrice;

    [Range(typeof(DateTime), "1/2/2004", "3/4/2004",
        ErrorMessage = "Value for {0} must be between {1} and {2}")]
    public object SellEndDate;


To compile the example, you need the following:

  • Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 or Visual Developer 2008 Express Edition Service Pack 1.

  • The AdventureWorksLT sample database. For information about how to download and install the SQL Server sample database, see Microsoft SQL Server Product Samples: Database on the CodePlex site. Make sure that you install the correct version of the sample database for the version of SQL Server that you are running (SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008).

  • A data-driven Web site. This enables you to create a data context for the database and the class that contains the data field to customize. For more information, see Walkthrough: Creating a New Dynamic Data Web Site using Scaffolding.


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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5 SP1




July 2008

Added topic for new class.

SP1 feature change.