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Setting DropDownList.BackColor property

Posted on 2006-07-17
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Hi
I am trying to set the back color of a dropdownlist but giving me an incorrect format error

the format is the usual (#FF0000) Etc
           
 DropDownList.DataValueField = "HtmlColor";
 DropDownList.DataTextField = "HtmlColor";          
 DropDownList.BackColor = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml("HtmlColor");

Any Idea?
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Question by:JoeUS
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by:apresto
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Hi JoeUS,

i think you need to supply a hex value in the FromHtml() method:

#ffffff - white
#000000 - black

Apresto
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by:skvikram
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modify the code :
DropDownList.BackColor = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml("HtmlColor");

DropDownList.BackColor = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml(<% # HtmlColor %>);

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by:JoeUS
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You mean I can not assign back color values individually to the list elements?
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by:apresto
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i dont think so

that doesnt make any sense.

you need to pass in a colour representation

you just need to remove the quotes:

DropDownList.BackColor = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml("HtmlColor");

becomes

DropDownList.BackColor = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml( HtmlColor );
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by:apresto
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do you mean you want to assign different options different colours?
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brdrok earned 300 total points
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check out the following link:

http://www.codeproject.com/aspnet/ColorListBox.asp

it might be able to point you in the right direction.

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by:JoeUS
ID: 17122908
this code is in C# and on the code behind page. I am loading the values from a

DataSet that is why I need to use "HtmlColor" for the DropDownList component

These mods didn't solve the problem

DropDownList.BackColor = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml(<% # HtmlColor %>);
or
DropDownList.BackColor = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml( HtmlColor );

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by:apresto
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what is the content of HtmlColor

if its a hex value it should be fine
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by:apresto
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are you getting errors when you try the later suggestion?
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by:JoeUS
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The HtmlColor value is formated like this #FFFFFF and it of course changes with each listItem
The later suggestion gives me an out of context error. It seems like the DropDownList component can't process DataSet fields for background color. It does do fine when I give it a hard coded value (HEX #FF0000) but it doesn't take the same value from the DataSet
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by:apresto
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use HtmlColor.ToString() and see if that works
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by:JoeUS
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HtmlColor is a DB coulumn name and the format is correct for these two properties
DropDownList.DataValueField = "HtmlColor";
DropDownList.DataTextField = "HtmlColor";
but
DropDownList.BackColor = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml(HtmlColor.ToString());
fails just like
DropDownList.BackColor = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml("HtmlColor");
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by:apresto
apresto earned 100 total points
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Ok...

in the FromHtml() you need to have a colour in this format #xxxxxx.  

By using "HtmlColor" you are just passing in text, so this is wrong
By passing in HtmlColor (without quotes) this represents a variable - what is in this variable?

try this and see if it works:

DropDownList.BackColor = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#ff0000");

and just see if it takes effect
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by:skvikram
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Htmlcolor is a variable which can be assigned to
DropDownList.DataValueField = "HtmlColor";
DropDownList.DataTextField = "HtmlColor";

but it should be converted to suitable hexcolor value type before it can be passed to System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml() LIKE in this code

System.Drawing.Color c = System.Drawing.ColorTranslator.FromHtml( Htmlcolor );
DropDownList.BackColor = c;

Any Hex color value cannot be passed to BackColor property it has to be ARGB Value. like
Color [A=255, R=245, G=247, B=248]
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by:JoeUS
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I have found the solution and it was "brdrok" who pointed me to the right direction
Here is the link to achieve what I was looking for and some explanation why
DropdownList color properties don't do so well in a DataBind situation. I also apreciate
"apresto" and  "skvikram" comments and efforts to trubleshoot this MS Bug.

http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/Code/2003/July/DropDownListBox.asp
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