(Wdevs) A links box

2004-11-15 #qc#wdevs

This time, I test a box which will contain a list of items. In fact, as I currently don't work on the backoffice programming, there isn't so much differences with htmltext or image box which display a single item.

So the only difference really occurs in the web control where I can't use a simple PlaceHolder to display the content. Of course I don't put a DataList like IBuySpy does, as I don't want to rely on html tables to ensure visualization.

Rather I have to use a Repeater in the server side and again <ul> and <li> tags to produce the list effect and information on the client side.

<%@ Control Language="c#" AutoEventWireup="false" Codebehind="listLinks.ascx.cs" Inherits="qc.Classic.Links.listLinks" TargetSchema="http://schemas.microsoft.com/intellisense/ie5" %>
 <asp:repeater ID="boxRepeater" EnableViewState="False" runat="server"><ItemTemplate><li>
   <% if (this.box.paneName != "paneMain") { %>
   <a href='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "url") %>' title='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "description") %>'><%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "title") %></a>
   <% } else { %>
   <a href='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "url") %>'><%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "title") %></a>
   <p><%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "description") %></p>
   <% }%>

Note: I'm using the <% if (this.box.paneName != "paneMain") { %> to decide wether to display complete links with descriptions or short links where description appears as a tooltip.

As there isn't so much work to produce this links box, I make some efforts with regard to the presentation. It's more to show one can build an IBuySpy clone which uses CSS styles (including bullets) than to present my web design skills.