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DataControlField.ExtractValuesFromCell Method

Extracts the value of the data control field from the current table cell and adds the value to the specified IDictionary collection.

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

public virtual void ExtractValuesFromCell(
	IOrderedDictionary dictionary,
	DataControlFieldCell cell,
	DataControlRowState rowState,
	bool includeReadOnly


Type: System.Collections.Specialized.IOrderedDictionary
An IOrderedDictionary.
Type: System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataControlFieldCell
A DataControlFieldCell that contains the text or controls of the DataControlField.
Type: System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataControlRowState
One of the DataControlRowState values.
Type: System.Boolean
true to indicate that the values of read-only fields are included in the dictionary collection; otherwise, false.

The ExtractValuesFromCell method is implemented by types derived from DataControlField to associate the current field with a value, if applicable. The field/value pair is stored in the dictionary collection that is passed to the method. The ExtractValuesFromCell method is called by the ExtractRowValues method of data controls such as DetailsView and GridView.

Call this method when you are writing a custom data-bound control that uses DataControlFieldCell objects to assemble a set of cells and their associated values. Implement this method when you are writing a class derived from DataControlField that displays user data or data-bound data. Not all derived types implement the ExtractValuesFromCell method, because not all fields display user data. For example, the ButtonField control displays a button and has no user data.

The following code example demonstrates how to implement the ExtractValuesFromCell method for a control that derives from the DataControlField class. The RadioButtonField class renders a data-bound radio button for every row in a GridView control. When the ExtractValuesFromCell method is called, the method attempts to determine whether the current value of the RadioButton object contained in the cell is selected or cleared, and adds the value to the IDictionary collection. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the DataControlField class.

// This method is called by the ExtractRowValues methods of 
// GridView and DetailsView. Retrieve the current value of the 
// cell from the Checked state of the Radio button.
public override void ExtractValuesFromCell(IOrderedDictionary dictionary,
                                           DataControlFieldCell cell,
                                           DataControlRowState rowState,
                                           bool includeReadOnly)

  // Determine whether the cell contains a RadioButton 
  // in its Controls collection.
  if (cell.Controls.Count > 0) {
    RadioButton radio = cell.Controls[0] as RadioButton;

    object checkedValue = null;
    if (null == radio) {
      // A RadioButton is expected, but a null is encountered.
      // Add error handling.
      throw new InvalidOperationException
          ("RadioButtonField could not extract control.");
    else {
        checkedValue = radio.Checked;

    // Add the value of the Checked attribute of the
    // RadioButton to the dictionary.
    if (dictionary.Contains(DataField))
      dictionary[DataField] = checkedValue;
      dictionary.Add(DataField, checkedValue);

.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.