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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2004

    Customizing DataGrid (or any control)

    Hi, I have to customize a datagrid so that I can have the headers shows up in TH tag instead of TD tag and a few other things that are coming down the road so that those tables are accessible. I searched online and found an example which I was able to use but it's not doing what i want to do the proper (dynamic) way.
    For now this is what I have: a class which Inherits System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataGrid

        Protected Overloads Overrides Sub Render(ByVal output As HtmlTextWriter)
            If Not Visible Then
            End If
            Dim writer As StringWriter = New StringWriter
            Dim buffer As HtmlTextWriter = New HtmlTextWriter(writer)
            Dim gridMarkup As String = writer.ToString
            Dim insertPoint As Integer
            'grab first instance of TR and closing TR
            Dim intStartTR, intEndTR As Integer
            intStartTR = gridMarkup.IndexOf("<tr>")
            intEndTR = gridMarkup.IndexOf("</tr>")
            Dim strHeadRow As String = gridMarkup.Substring(intStartTR, intEndTR - intStartTR)
            'replace all TDs that occur in between first TRs with TH
            strHeadRow = strHeadRow.Replace("<td", "<th scope=""col"" ")
            strHeadRow = strHeadRow.Replace("</td>", "</th>")
            gridMarkup = gridMarkup.Remove(intStartTR, intEndTR - intStartTR)
            gridMarkup = gridMarkup.Insert(intStartTR, strHeadRow)
            'end adding TH
        End Sub
    The code above does what I want to do for now but as you can see it is sort of a static way of doing things. If I wanted to add something to the TH tag, I would have to add it here and then recompile the code and so on.

    What I really want to do here is be able to create some custom properties (which will become attributes for TABLE) which can be assigned in the asp:TemplateColumn tags and then call them either in this Render or any other method to add them as attributes (headers, ID, etc).

    I tired doing this (changing TD to TH for header items) in the code behind for ASPX page but I didn't get anywhere:
    Private Sub onBound(ByVal o As Object, ByVal e As DataGridItemEventArgs) Handles dg2.ItemDataBound
            If e.Item.ItemType = ListItemType.Header Then
                Dim ctr As Control
                For Each ctr In e.Item.Controls
                  'e.Item.RenderControl doesn't do anything
            End If
        End Sub
    I know what I am asking for might be idiotic or just not possible but I dont see anyother way of getting the functionality of datagrid (without spending a whole lot of time) and yet still make it accessible. Thanks in advance for any help.
    new to programming but getting ther

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Portland, OR
    Can you do your project in ASP.NET 2.0? It includes a number of improvements for creating accessible Web sites: http://www.15seconds.com/issue/040727.htm

    If not, it looks like there's a patch available for the 1.1 datagrid: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Sectio...AndASPNET.aspx
    Phil Weber

    Please post questions to the forums, where others may benefit.
    I do not offer free assistance by e-mail. Thank you!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    thanks Phill. Unfortunately (or maybe it was planned, hmmm) every programmer got VS2005 a lonnnngggg time ago before me. And I haven't even started playing with it yet.
    Thanks for the link but I am still out of luck for being able to do anything (any customization to add whatever I want to add) regarding the DataGrid class, aren't I?
    new to programming but getting ther

  4. #4
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    Use css for it. Create a style and then set the datagrids style to it. There are multiple styles for parts like the header, footer, etc.
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  5. #5
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    Jun 2004
    Yes, to control the style I am using CSS at many other places but style sheet will only handle the formatting, it's not going to handle the HTML output of the datagird. I am looking for a way to control the HTML output.
    new to programming but getting ther

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