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Form Class

Provides the capability to group controls together.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.MobileControls
Assembly:  System.Web.Mobile (in System.Web.Mobile.dll)

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public class Form : Panel, ITemplateable, IPostBackEventHandler
<mobile:Form />

A form represents the outermost grouping of controls within an ASP.NET mobile Web page. An individual mobile Web page can contain multiple forms at the outermost level. Forms cannot be nested; use Panel controls if you want to nest containers. For more information, see Introduction to the Form Control. To display a specific form, either set the ActiveForm property on the current page to the desired form, or set the NavigateUrl property in a Link control to the desired form. You can include literal text along with its accompanying markup tags in the text contents of the Form control. When using templates, it is important to remember that the Form control creates instances of templates in the OnInit method for the form. The OnInit method for the form is called before Page_Load and Page_Init. Also, the page constructor executes too early to set templates in the OnInit method because the form is not yet created. To correct this, hook the form's own OnInit method, and create an instance of the template there. For more information, see Implementing Templated Rendering.

The following code example shows how to create a page with two forms along with links between the two forms. One form has a check box list. When items are selected and the Submit button is clicked, the form presents a list of the selected items and their values. Notice that the Activate event methods prepare the respective forms for display


The following code example uses the single-file code model and may not work correctly if copied directly into a code-behind file. This code example must be copied into an empty text file that has an .aspx extension. For more information, see ASP.NET Web Page Syntax Overview

<%@ Page Language="C#" 
    Inherits="System.Web.UI.MobileControls.MobilePage" %>
<%@ Register TagPrefix="mobile" 
    Assembly="System.Web.Mobile" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Web.Mobile" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Web.UI.MobileControls" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Drawing" %>

<script runat="server">
    // When Form1 is activated 
    private void Form1_Activate(object sender, EventArgs e)
        string viewText = "You have viewed this Form {0} times.";

        if (count == 0) // First viewing
            message2.Text = "Welcome to the Form Sample";
        else // subsequent viewings
            message2.Text = String.Format(viewText,
              (count + 1).ToString());

        // Format the form
        Form1.Alignment = Alignment.Center;
        Form1.Wrapping = Wrapping.NoWrap;
        Form1.BackColor = Color.LightBlue;
        Form1.ForeColor = Color.Blue;
        Form1.Paginate = true;

        // Create an array and add the tasks to it.
        ArrayList arr = new ArrayList();
        arr.Add(new Task("Verify transactions", "Done"));
        arr.Add(new Task("Check balance sheet", "Scheduled"));
        arr.Add(new Task("Send report", "Pending"));

        // Bind the SelectionList to the array.
        SelectionList1.DataValueField = "Status";
        SelectionList1.DataTextField = "TaskName";
        SelectionList1.DataSource = arr;

    // When Form1 is deactivated 
    private void Form1_Deactivate(object sender, EventArgs e)

    // When Form2 is activated 
    private void Form2_Activate(object sender, EventArgs e)
        Form2.BackColor = Color.DarkGray;
        Form2.ForeColor = Color.White;
        Form2.Font.Bold = BooleanOption.True;

    // The the Submit button is clicked 
    protected void Command1_OnSubmit(object sender, EventArgs e)
        message2.Text = "FORM RESULTS:";
        message2.Font.Bold = BooleanOption.True;

        // Display a list of selected items with values 
        for (int i = 0; i < SelectionList1.Items.Count; i++)
            // Create a string and a TextView control
            TextView txtView = new TextView();
            string txt = "";
            string spec = "{0} is {1}<br />";

            // Display a list of selected items with values 
            // Get the list item
            MobileListItem itm = SelectionList1.Items[i];

            // List the selected items and values 
            if (itm.Selected)
                txt += String.Format(spec, itm.Text, itm.Value);

            // Put the text into the TextView
            txtView.Text = txt;
            // Add txtView to the form

        // Hide unnecessary controls
        SelectionList1.Visible = false;
        link1.Visible = false;
        Command1.Visible = false;

    // Property to persist the count between postbacks 
    private int count
            object o = ViewState["FormCount"];
            return o == null ? 0 : (int)o;
        set { ViewState["FormCount"] = value; }

    // A custom class for the task array 
    private class Task
        private String _TaskName;
        private String _Status;

        public Task(String TaskName, String Status)
            _TaskName = TaskName;
            _Status = Status;

        public String TaskName
            get { return _TaskName; }
        public String Status
            get { return _Status; }

<html xmlns="" >
    <!-- The first form: Form1 -->
    <mobile:Form ID="Form1" Runat="server"
        <mobile:Label ID="message1" Runat="server">
            Welcome to ASP.NET

        <mobile:Label ID="message2" Runat="server" />
        <mobile:SelectionList Runat="server" 
            ForeColor="red" SelectType="CheckBox" />
        <mobile:Link ID="link1" Runat="server" 
            Text="Next Form" /><br />
        <mobile:Command ID="Command1" Runat="server" 
            Text="Submit" OnClick="Command1_OnSubmit" />

    <!-- The second form: Form2 -->
    <mobile:Form ID="Form2" Runat="server" 
        <mobile:Label ID="message4" Runat="server">
           Welcome to ASP.NET
        <mobile:Link ID="Link2" Runat="server" 
            NavigateUrl="#Form1" Text="Back" />

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 XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1