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How to display custom disclaimer tag from web.config on asp.net page?

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I have an ASP .Net form and I want to display a disclaimer info on it from the web.config. The disclaimer can be different and customized for each customer. I want to add a custom tag in web.config like shown below..

<disclaimer>
This software....
line2 of disclaimer..
line3..
can be any number of lines..
</disclaimer>

I investigated the custom configuarion features of asp .net 2.0, but it does not allow multiline data (variable length)  like this..It needs scalar values like these..

<ScottsSettings
     quoteOfTheDay="Hello, World!"
     yourAge="28">
   <favoriteStates>
      <add name="California" abbreviation="CA" />
      <add name="Missouri" abbreviation="MO" />
      <add name="Illinois" />
   </favoriteStates>
</ScottsSettings>

Any ideas on how i could implement this?

Thanks, LM
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You could write your own xml file like this

disclaimer.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<disclaimer>
<![CDATA[
This software....
line2 of disclaimer..
line3..
can be any number of lines..
]]>
</disclaimer>

Note the CDATA should be used if you want multiple lines and/or formatting

Then access like this:
XmlDocument xmlDoc = new XmlDocument();
xmlDoc.Load("path to your xml file");
string disclaimer = xmlDoc.DocumentElement["disclaimer"].InnerText;
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by:LubomirMasar
ID: 18860507
mrichmon,
In that approach, why deal with XML at all? I could write a simple text file having disclaimer content and then use System.IO streamreader class to read and display on page correct? I had tested this and it works easily. But the customer prefers not to use a separate file, likes to use web.config for all their custom configuration.

I can also do like this

<appSettings>
<add key="DISCLAIMER_LINE1" value="Disclaimer first line"
<add key="DISCLAIMER_LINE2" value="Disclaimer second line"
<add key="DISCLAIMER_LINE3" value="Disclaimer third line"
</appSettings>
 and process like this

string disclaimer = ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["DISCLAIMER_LINE1"].ToString();
disclaimer = disclaimer + ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["DISCLAIMER_LINE2"].ToString();

But this is a bit ugly too. We have to decide a max number of lines for disclaimer ahead of time.

Thanks for the response..I think there must be a better way..


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>>In that approach, why deal with XML at all? I could write a simple text file having disclaimer content and then use System.IO streamreader class to read and display on page correct

You could.  But what I showed the only difference between that and the web.config is that ConfigurationManager does the xmldocument load lines for you... You could even call it disclaimer.config if you wanted....
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