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SupportsPreviewControlAttribute Class

Indicates whether a control designer requires a preview instance of the control at design time. This class cannot be inherited.


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

<AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class)> _
Public NotInheritable Class SupportsPreviewControlAttribute _
	Inherits Attribute

The SupportsPreviewControlAttribute type exposes the following members.

Public methodSupportsPreviewControlAttributeInitializes a new instance of the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute class and sets the initial value of the SupportsPreviewControl property.

Public propertySupportsPreviewControlGets a value indicating whether the control designer requires a temporary preview control at design time.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)

Public methodEqualsDetermines whether the specified object represents the same preview attribute setting as the current instance of the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute class. (Overrides Attribute.Equals(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 methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance of the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute class. (Overrides Attribute.GetHashCode.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeIndicates whether the current instance of the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute class is set to the default preview attribute value. (Overrides Attribute.IsDefaultAttribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

Public fieldStatic memberDefaultGets an instance of the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute class that is set to the default preview value. This field is read-only.

Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)

Apply the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute attribute to a control designer class to indicate the type of preview control that is supported by the control designer. Use this attribute to change a preview control for design-time rendering without affecting the actual persisted instance of the associated control.

Typically, you specify the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute when declaring a custom designer class that is derived from the ControlDesigner class. The value of the SupportsPreviewControl property for the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute attribute determines the behavior for the UsePreviewControl and ViewControl members in the base ControlDesigner class.

Set the SupportsPreviewControl property to true to indicate that the designer uses a temporary copy of the associated control to generate the design-time HTML. Changes to the temporary control are not persisted.

Set the SupportsPreviewControl property to false to indicate that the designer returns the control instance, specifically the Component property, from the ViewControl method. Changes to the control object are persisted.

For example, the CalendarDesigner class is marked with the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute set to true. The designer uses the preview control with the automatic style formatting task, which allows the user to preview various autoformat styles that can be applied to the calendar. As the user selects different autoformat styles in the user interface, the selected style scheme is applied to the preview control. Applying a new style to the preview control does not change the scheme that is applied to the instance of the Calendar control in the designer.

If the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute is not specified in the control designer declaration, the ControlDesigner behavior is equivalent to specifying the SupportsPreviewControl as false.


Designer classes derived from the ControlDesigner class can override the UsePreviewControl and ViewControl members, and ignore the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute attribute. To determine the expected behavior for ViewControl and UsePreviewControl, see the reference documentation for the derived control designer class.

For general information about using attributes, see Attributes Overview and Extending Metadata Using Attributes. For more information about design-time attributes, see Attributes and Design-Time Support.

The following code example demonstrates how to mark a control designer with the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute attribute. The code example derives an ASP.NET server control from the Label class and associates the ASP.NET server control with a custom control designer implementation. The control designer class declaration is marked with the SupportsPreviewControl attribute set to true. The control designer overrides the GetDesignTimeHtml method and encloses the design-time HTML for the control in italic tags.

Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic
Imports System
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.ComponentModel.Design
Imports System.Web.UI
Imports System.Web.UI.Design
Imports System.Web.UI.Design.WebControls
Imports System.Web.UI.WebControls
Imports System.Reflection

Namespace ControlDesignerSamples.VB

    ' Derive a simple Web control from Label to render a text string.
    ' Associate this control with the SimpleTextControlDesigner.
    <DesignerAttribute("ControlDesignerSamples.CS.SimpleTextControlDesigner"), _
    ToolboxData("<{0}:MyLabelControl Runat=""Server""><{0}:MyLabelControl>")> _
    Public Class MyLabelControl
        Inherits Label

        ' Use the Label control implementation, but associate
        ' the derived class with the custom control designer.
    End Class

    ' Mark the designer with the SupportsPreviewControlAttribute set
    ' to true.  This means the base.UsePreviewControl returns true,
    ' and base.ViewControl returns a temporary preview copy of the control.
    <SupportsPreviewControl(True)> _
    Public Class SimpleTextControlDesigner
        Inherits TextControlDesigner

        ' Override the base GetDesignTimeHtml method to display 
        ' the design time text in italics.
        Public Overrides Function GetDesignTimeHtml() As String
            Dim html As String = String.Empty

                ' Get the ViewControl for the associated control.
                Dim ctrl As Label = CType(ViewControl, Label)

                ' Set the default text, if necessary
                If ctrl.Text.Length = 0 Then
                    ctrl.Text = "Sample Text"
                End If

                ' Set the style to italic
                ctrl.Style.Add(HtmlTextWriterStyle.FontStyle, "italic")

                ' Let the base class create the HTML markup
                html = MyBase.GetDesignTimeHtml()
            Catch ex As Exception
                If String.IsNullOrEmpty(html) Then
                    ' Display the exception message
                    html = GetErrorDesignTimeHtml(ex)
                End If
            End Try

            Return html
        End Function

    End Class
End Namespace

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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.