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DependencyProperty.IsValidValue Method

Determines whether the provided value is accepted for the type of property through basic type checking, and also potentially if it is within the allowed range of values for that type.

Namespace:  System.Windows
Assembly:  WindowsBase (in WindowsBase.dll)

public bool IsValidValue(
	Object value


Type: System.Object
The value to check.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the value is acceptable and is of the correct type or a derived type; otherwise, false.

For a dependency property, an allowed range of values for that type can be specified through a ValidateValueCallback that is provided in the dependency property registration.

This method calls IsValidType internally. If the dependency property in question has no ValidateValueCallback,then calling this method is effectively equivalent to calling IsValidType. If the dependency property does have a ValidateValueCallback, and if IsValidType would have returned true, then the value returned will be as implemented in the callback.

A null value is a valid value for reference type dependency properties, or for a Nullable<T> dependency property, and would return true for these cases. In cases where the dependency property is neither a reference nor a Nullable<T> type, IsValidType will return false for a null value rather than raise an exception.

The following example uses IsValidValue as a check before calling SetValue on the dependency property.

void TrySetValueWithValidate(DependencyObject target, DependencyProperty dp, object providedValue)
  if (dp.IsValidValue(providedValue))
    target.SetValue(dp, providedValue);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.