Set Gridview Template Column Controls Attributes

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I have a gridview that contains numerous template columns.  In the EditItemTemplate, I have a textbox with the id of Textbox1.  When working with the control in design mode, it is identified as GridView1.Column8Note.EditItemTemplate.TextBox1 however, when I use that same id in the code behind, it doesn't find it.  What I need to do is to dynamically change the maxlength attribute of this textbox control based on control data returned.  How can I do this in the code behind?

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you can access DataGridViewTextBox column buy its name directly


or buy its position/name in Columns collection


ClaySeifertAuthor Commented:
Sorry -- but this didn't correct my situation.  My textbox controls are in a template column in the edititem template.  Placeing the code that you suggested in the codebehind results in an compile error indicating that it cannot find the control TextBox1.
ClaySeifertAuthor Commented:
I've increased the points on this to 500.  I really need an answer to this ASAP.  
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I was not reposponding since, as you could see, I made a mistake thinking this was a windows application datagridview question, not ASP.NET gridview question.

I just installed web developer, and created a template for gridview and this is the code I found working:

For Each r As GridViewRow In GridView1.Rows
    CType(r.FindControl("TextBox3"), TextBox).MaxLength = 5

I hope that this solution is what you were looking for.

Change TextBox3 to the name of your TextBox control.
ClaySeifertAuthor Commented:

In which event did you place that code?

Thanks and please advise.
I placed it in Load event, but no reason why you shouldnt put it in some other event.


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ClaySeifertAuthor Commented:
Thank you for taking the time to try and help me.  As it turs out, the problem is not really a problem according to Microsoft.  By design, if a textbox is placed in a template column of a datagrid control, a number of attributes are not avialable INCLUDING the maxlength.  In order to accomplish what I desired, I had to use javascript as follows:

Code Behind:

Protected Sub GridView1_RowDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewRowEventArgs) Handles GridView1.RowDataBound
Dim t As TextBox = CType(e.Row.FindControl("TextBox1"), TextBox)
If Not IsNothing(t) Then
t.Attributes.Add("onkeyup", "javascript:return ismaxlength(this,10)")
End If
End Sub

Javascript Code:

<script type="text/javascript">
function ismaxlength(obj,length){
var mlength = length
if ( obj.value.length > mlength)
obj.value = obj.value.substring(0, mlength)

The TextBox control code:

<asp:TextBox ID="TextBox1" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("LastName") %>'  TextMode="MultiLine"  ></asp:TextBox>

ClaySeifertAuthor Commented:
I'm going to give you the points because you tried to help.

Thank you
Well, I dont know what have you read, but with the code I gave you, I have managed to change MaxLength. I tried it and worked. I am using Framework 2.0
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