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EmptyTemplate/EmptyDataText for DataList by Sidharth Nayyar


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Type: Suggestion
ID: 673255
Opened: 6/3/2011 2:51:14 AM
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In the gridview there's a nice feature called "EmptyDataText". It would be nice to have something similar for the DataList. As I see it there are 2 suggestions here.

1. To have EmptyDataText for DataList. This will work similarly to the EmptyDataText for GridView in that if there's no rows returned by the datasource then it should display the text instead of the DataList

2. EmptyTemplate for DataList *and GridView*. It would also be nice if there was a new template (in addition to the itemtemplate, edittemplate, ...) that could be used if no rows are return by the datasource. This would work differently to the EmptyDataText in that the DataList/GridView fields/columns will still be displayed but the emptytemplate will be used to display an empty text for those fields.

To further explain this, here's an example:

Columns: Associated Document, Associated Video, Associated Audio
Empty Data Text: No Associated Files
Empty Template: Name = "{No Doc}", "{No Video}", "{No Audio}"

1. EmptyDataText set (GridView)
+--------------------------+
| No Associated Files |
+--------------------------+

2. EmptyDataText set (DataList)
+--------------------------+
| No Associated Files |
+--------------------------+

3. EmptyDataText not set, emptytemplates used (GridView)
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Associated Document | Associated Video | Associated Audio |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| {No Doc}                    | {No Video}         | {No Audio}         |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

4. EmptyDataText not set, emptytemplates used (DataList)
+--------------------------------------------+
| Associated Document | {No Doc}    |
|----------------------------------------------|
| Associated Video        | {No Video} |
|----------------------------------------------|
| Associated Audio        | {No Audio} |
+--------------------------------------------+

I hope that makes sense.

Kind regards
Sidharth
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Posted by Microsoft on 6/7/2011 at 2:03 PM
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Posted by Microsoft on 6/3/2011 at 3:13 AM
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