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id vs. name attribute for Html controls

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Joe
Hello All:

Does anyone know the difference between the name and id attributes in an
Html control? I noticed on PostBack that I can not retrieve the
Request.Form("id_value") but I can retrieve the Request.From("name_value").

TIA,
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Joe

VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation
Dec 8 '05 #1
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You just get it IMO. My understanding is that "id" is the client side name
for scripting elements (whatever element you are using) while the "name" is
the name used server side for submitted values (for example in 2.0 you have
no more the "name" attribute for a form as the form itself doesn't have a
name server side).
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Patrice

"Joe" <jo******@donotspam.yahoo.com> a écrit dans le message de
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Hello All:

Does anyone know the difference between the name and id attributes in an
Html control? I noticed on PostBack that I can not retrieve the
Request.Form("id_value") but I can retrieve the Request.From("name_value").
TIA,
--
Joe

VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation

Dec 8 '05 #2

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It isn't an ASP.Net issue, it's simply how HTML works. When you POST a
form, the HTML specification mandate that the data be posted in the shape of
NAME=VALUE&NAME1=VALUE1&NAME2=VALUE2

It's just how html works.

Karl

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"Joe" <jo******@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:07**********************************@microsof t.com...
Hello All:

Does anyone know the difference between the name and id attributes in an
Html control? I noticed on PostBack that I can not retrieve the
Request.Form("id_value") but I can retrieve the
Request.From("name_value").

TIA,
--
Joe

VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation

Dec 8 '05 #3

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Joe
Thanks Karl,

So, what is the id attribute for?

TIA,
--
Joe

VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation
"Karl Seguin" wrote:
It isn't an ASP.Net issue, it's simply how HTML works. When you POST a
form, the HTML specification mandate that the data be posted in the shape of
NAME=VALUE&NAME1=VALUE1&NAME2=VALUE2

It's just how html works.

Karl

--
MY ASP.Net tutorials
http://www.openmymind.net/
"Joe" <jo******@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:07**********************************@microsof t.com...
Hello All:

Does anyone know the difference between the name and id attributes in an
Html control? I noticed on PostBack that I can not retrieve the
Request.Form("id_value") but I can retrieve the
Request.From("name_value").

TIA,
--
Joe

VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation


Dec 8 '05 #4

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Id is used in the document object model (DOM) of the page. In other words,
it's chiefly used with javascript. Name attributes musn't be unique, which
you often see when using radio's or checkboxes (groups all share the same
name). Id's should be.

Karl

--
MY ASP.Net tutorials
http://www.openmymind.net/
"Joe" <jo******@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:BC**********************************@microsof t.com...
Thanks Karl,

So, what is the id attribute for?

TIA,
--
Joe

VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation
"Karl Seguin" wrote:
It isn't an ASP.Net issue, it's simply how HTML works. When you POST a
form, the HTML specification mandate that the data be posted in the shape
of
NAME=VALUE&NAME1=VALUE1&NAME2=VALUE2

It's just how html works.

Karl

--
MY ASP.Net tutorials
http://www.openmymind.net/
"Joe" <jo******@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:07**********************************@microsof t.com...
> Hello All:
>
> Does anyone know the difference between the name and id attributes in
> an
> Html control? I noticed on PostBack that I can not retrieve the
> Request.Form("id_value") but I can retrieve the
> Request.From("name_value").
>
> TIA,
> --
> Joe
>
> VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation


Dec 8 '05 #5

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Joe
Thanks Karl. This helps.
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Joe

VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation
"Karl Seguin" wrote:
Id is used in the document object model (DOM) of the page. In other words,
it's chiefly used with javascript. Name attributes musn't be unique, which
you often see when using radio's or checkboxes (groups all share the same
name). Id's should be.

Karl

--
MY ASP.Net tutorials
http://www.openmymind.net/
"Joe" <jo******@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:BC**********************************@microsof t.com...
Thanks Karl,

So, what is the id attribute for?

TIA,
--
Joe

VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation
"Karl Seguin" wrote:
It isn't an ASP.Net issue, it's simply how HTML works. When you POST a
form, the HTML specification mandate that the data be posted in the shape
of
NAME=VALUE&NAME1=VALUE1&NAME2=VALUE2

It's just how html works.

Karl

--
MY ASP.Net tutorials
http://www.openmymind.net/
"Joe" <jo******@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:07**********************************@microsof t.com...
> Hello All:
>
> Does anyone know the difference between the name and id attributes in
> an
> Html control? I noticed on PostBack that I can not retrieve the
> Request.Form("id_value") but I can retrieve the
> Request.From("name_value").
>
> TIA,
> --
> Joe
>
> VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation


Dec 8 '05 #6

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this is partially correct.

the name attribute is only valid on the <form> and form elements
(<input>,<textarea> and <select>). it used to specify the name to assoicate
with the name/value pair that is submitted on a form post.

for example:

<input type=checkbox name=foo value=1>

if checked will submit foo=1. in the dom you can reference form elements
from the form.elements collection by specifing the name as the index. if is
not unique, the collection returns an array of elements rather than the
element. modern dom's support looking up form elements by name as:

document.getElementsByName(nameValue)

note: it always returns an array even if only one element is found.
id attribute is from the xml world, and is a unique id for any node, not
just form elements. unlike the name attribute it is valid on any html node.
also like the name attribute, it must follow the valid identitfier rules.
the identitfer should start with an alpha, and only contain alpha
([a-zA-Z]), numbers, hyphen, underscore and colons.(note aspnet breaks this
rule by starting reserved ids with a underscore - thus they will alway fail
an html/xml lint - actually some proxies strip them). to find any html
element by id you use:

document.getElementById(idvalue)

this only returns one dom node.

-- bruce (sqlwork.com)



"Karl Seguin" <karl REMOVE @ REMOVE openmymind REMOVEMETOO . ANDME net>
wrote in message news:%2****************@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
Id is used in the document object model (DOM) of the page. In other
words, it's chiefly used with javascript. Name attributes musn't be
unique, which you often see when using radio's or checkboxes (groups all
share the same name). Id's should be.

Karl

--
MY ASP.Net tutorials
http://www.openmymind.net/
"Joe" <jo******@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:BC**********************************@microsof t.com...
Thanks Karl,

So, what is the id attribute for?

TIA,
--
Joe

VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation
"Karl Seguin" wrote:
It isn't an ASP.Net issue, it's simply how HTML works. When you POST a
form, the HTML specification mandate that the data be posted in the
shape of
NAME=VALUE&NAME1=VALUE1&NAME2=VALUE2

It's just how html works.

Karl

--
MY ASP.Net tutorials
http://www.openmymind.net/
"Joe" <jo******@donotspam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:07**********************************@microsof t.com...
> Hello All:
>
> Does anyone know the difference between the name and id attributes in
> an
> Html control? I noticed on PostBack that I can not retrieve the
> Request.Form("id_value") but I can retrieve the
> Request.From("name_value").
>
> TIA,
> --
> Joe
>
> VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET/ASP/VB/C++/Web and DB development/VBA Automation


Dec 8 '05 #7

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