A collection of utilities to make living with ASP.NET WebForms a bit easier
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ContentPlaceHolderFixes.cs
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LinkManager.cs
MetadataManager.cs
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NathanaelJones.WebFormsFixes

A small collection of utilities to make working with Microsoft WebForms a tiny bit more bearable.

No Maintenance Intended

I wrote these as part of an hybrid file-based CMS, and decided to extract them for more generic use.

I have not had the opportunity to test these, and may have introduced typo-style errors while re-extracting them from the CMS. I previously published extracted versions along with the two blog articles referenced below, but lost them along with much other website data.

Related articles:

http://nathanaeljones.com/152/extending-page-adding-metadata-and-stylesheet-management/ http://nathanaeljones.com/146/referencing-stylesheets-scripts-from-content-pages/

Related MS Connect issues

http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/273683/contentplaceholder-inside-the-head-element-special-head-parsing-logic-no-longer-applies http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/105064/contentplaceholder-control-in-the-head-section-results-in-an-error

While this library is designed to run under .NET 2.0, you could easily make extension methods for LinkManager and MetadataManager, removing the need for PageBase or a similar subclass.

No dependencies

  • System (2.0 or 4.0)
  • System.Web (2.0 or 4.0)

Summary of classes

  • ControlUtils - Provides methods for searching control hierarchies by type. Used by ContentPlaceHolderFixes, LinkManager, MetadataManager, and PageBase.
  • ContentPlaceHolderFixes - Provides methods for cleaning up errors made by the ASP.NET parser when a contentplaceholder (CPH from here on) is put inside the head section of a Master Page.
  • MetadataManager - Manages <meta> tags (controls) for a given Page instance. Not designed for HTTP-EQUIV tags - they are ignored and skipped unless they have a name attribute. Only deals with meta tags within the Head of the page. The page must have a server-side head tag.
  • LinkManager - Manages <link> stylehseet tags (controls) for a given Page instance.
  • PageBase - Extends Page, adding support for referer tracking across postbacks, alternate 'runtime' master pages (great for design-time CMS support), and integrates the content place holder fixes, MetadataManger, and LinkManager.
  • yrl - A mutable class for application-relative paths. Use minimally by PageBase, but easily removable.
  • Adapters/HideIDAdapter - When applied with an adapters file, allows any control to disable ID rendering with the HideID="true" attribute.
  • Adapters/HideIDAlwaysAdapter - When applied with an adapters file, disables ID rendering for any applied controls. Can be overriden with the HideID="false" attribute.
  • Adapters/FixHtmlAnchorAmersandAdapter - Fixes ampersand encoding in the HtmlAnchor class, and supports the HideID attribute (defaults to false).