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How does setting EnableViewstate to false really function ?

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I have created a simple web application using Visual Studio.NET as follows :

<%@ Page Language="VB" EnableViewstate="false" %>
<HTML>
   <BODY>
      <FORM Runat="server">
         Enter Your Name : <asp:textbox Id = "tbxMessage" Runat="server"/>
         <asp:button Id="btnSubmit" Text="Submit" Runat="server"/>      
      </FORM>
   </BODY>
</HTML>

I believe after submitting the page with some text in the text box the page should be re-displayed with the textbox being empty in the manner that a traditional asp page works, since I've set the EnableViewstate attribute to "false".

However, when I've found after submitting the page, that it re-displays the text that was input into the text box after it returns.
When I checked the source of the returned page, it did display a ViewState hidden element in it.

I was trying to understand how exactly "viewstate" works by creating a simple page. Is my understanding of the viewstate as mentioned in the para immediately above incorrect ? What am I missing. Kindly guide me.
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by:David H.H.Lee
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x666xchange,
It would erase you history. You may try this as well :
 <FORM Runat="server" autocomplete="off">
        Enter Your Name : <asp:textbox Id = "tbxMessage" Runat="server"/>
        <asp:button Id="btnSubmit" Text="Submit" Runat="server"/>      
     </FORM>

-set the property for autocomplete="false"
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by:kblack15217
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Try using EnableViewState="false".  Caps sensative.  Your understading of viewstate is correct
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by:fritz_the_blank
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In case this helps:

http://www.w3schools.com/aspnet/aspnet_viewstate.asp


Caching issue?

Fritz the Blank
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by:x666xchange
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I have tried setting autocomplete to "false" aswell as "off" for the form. Even tried setting the AUTOCOMPLETE feature directly in IE to unchecked.

None of the above worked. Any other suggestions please. Just can't figure out what's going wrong.
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David H.H.Lee earned 500 total points
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x666xchange,
It's  autocomplete ="off", if you set this property, your previous data wouldn't display again. However, if you prefer which control cant display the previous data, simply set this property inside the control.

<FORM Runat="server" autocomplete="off"> <---------All the control inside <Form> wouldn't display the history input

<Input Type="Text" id="txtInput" autoComplete="off"> <--reset history only for this control.

If autocomplete property not your main problems, let figure out the problems from EnableViewstate property.
For your info., EnableViewstate is set to True by default. To set it to false for all the page resist inside your project, just simply set in inside web.config. I think you have set it to true in someway, try to check again.

Regards
x_com
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