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Span vs. DIV for asp:Label Control

Hello All--

I have a number of <asp:Label CssClass="somec lass">Text</asp:Labelcontro ls
on my page. I would like them to be shown as
<div class="someclas s">Text</div>
rather than
<span class="someclas s">Text</span>

When it uses a span, it doesn't seem to use all the class definitions,
particularly for margins and positioning.

I realize I can surround my <asp:Labelcontr ols with the <divelements,
but that seems to make the <asp:Labelcontr ol unneccessary, doesn't it?

Thanks,
pagates
Sep 19 '06 #1
4 6707
Perhaps the most simple approach would be to change the Label control
would to inherit from it and override the value of the TagKey.

Here is some VB.NET code.

Imports System.Web.UI
Imports System.Web.UI.W ebControls

<ToolboxData("< {0}:DivLabel runat=server></{0}:DivLabel>") _
Public Class DivLabel
Inherits Label

Protected Overrides ReadOnly Property TagKey() As
System.Web.UI.H tmlTextWriterTa g
Get
Return HtmlTextWriterT ag.Div
End Get
End Property

End Class
Brennan Stehling
http://brennan.offwhite.net/blog/
pagates wrote:
Hello All--

I have a number of <asp:Label CssClass="somec lass">Text</asp:Labelcontro ls
on my page. I would like them to be shown as
<div class="someclas s">Text</div>
rather than
<span class="someclas s">Text</span>

When it uses a span, it doesn't seem to use all the class definitions,
particularly for margins and positioning.

I realize I can surround my <asp:Labelcontr ols with the <divelements,
but that seems to make the <asp:Labelcontr ol unneccessary, doesn't it?

Thanks,
pagates
Sep 19 '06 #2
the difference between a span and div is the default display style. a div
defaults to block and a span to inline. if you want you labels to be block
style, just set the style

..someclass { display:block; }
-- bruce (sqlwork.com)
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Hello All--

I have a number of <asp:Label CssClass="somec lass">Text</asp:Label>
controls
on my page. I would like them to be shown as
<div class="someclas s">Text</div>
rather than
<span class="someclas s">Text</span>

When it uses a span, it doesn't seem to use all the class definitions,
particularly for margins and positioning.

I realize I can surround my <asp:Labelcontr ols with the <divelements,
but that seems to make the <asp:Labelcontr ol unneccessary, doesn't it?

Thanks,
pagates

Sep 19 '06 #3
If you would like to use divs, why not to go ahead and just do it?

<div class="someclas s" runat="server" id="myDiv">Text </div>

--
Eliyahu Goldin,
Software Developer & Consultant
Microsoft MVP [ASP.NET]
"pagates" <pa*****@discus sions.microsoft .comwrote in message
news:15******** *************** ***********@mic rosoft.com...
Hello All--

I have a number of <asp:Label CssClass="somec lass">Text</asp:Label>
controls
on my page. I would like them to be shown as
<div class="someclas s">Text</div>
rather than
<span class="someclas s">Text</span>

When it uses a span, it doesn't seem to use all the class definitions,
particularly for margins and positioning.

I realize I can surround my <asp:Labelcontr ols with the <divelements,
but that seems to make the <asp:Labelcontr ol unneccessary, doesn't it?

Thanks,
pagates

Sep 20 '06 #4
A Label allows you to set many properties for the Font and other
control settings which is helpful at design-time. And you do not want
to simply set the span to use "display: block" in the CSS because there
is a bug in IE6 which does not truly make that span act as a block
level element. You will want to ensure that it does start as a block.

Doing so will save you from a good deal of trouble.

Brennan Stehling
http://brennan.offwhite.net/blog/
Eliyahu Goldin wrote:
If you would like to use divs, why not to go ahead and just do it?

<div class="someclas s" runat="server" id="myDiv">Text </div>

--
Eliyahu Goldin,
Software Developer & Consultant
Microsoft MVP [ASP.NET]
"pagates" <pa*****@discus sions.microsoft .comwrote in message
news:15******** *************** ***********@mic rosoft.com...
Hello All--

I have a number of <asp:Label CssClass="somec lass">Text</asp:Label>
controls
on my page. I would like them to be shown as
<div class="someclas s">Text</div>
rather than
<span class="someclas s">Text</span>

When it uses a span, it doesn't seem to use all the class definitions,
particularly for margins and positioning.

I realize I can surround my <asp:Labelcontr ols with the <divelements,
but that seems to make the <asp:Labelcontr ol unneccessary, doesn't it?

Thanks,
pagates
Sep 20 '06 #5

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