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Bind a label's backcolor to a database field

nmcdermaid asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-26

Using ASP.Net and Visual Studio 2005, I am attempting to dynamically change the backgournd colour of a label.

In the smart tag for the Label, I have selected 'Edit Databindings'
Then I have selected the Backcolor property, and assigned to a column (WebColour) from my table.

It has added this code to my label tags:

Backcolor='<%# Eval("WebColour) %>'

I've tried three different data formats in my table:


All of them result in a 'specified cast is not valid' error at the backcolor tag.

When I type

? Eval("WebColour)

in the command window I see the exact data that I am expecting.

Can anyone tell me what format this needs to be in in that database?

Also can you tell me what the # symbol is doing in the statement... I understand the rest.

The label is inside a FormView control which is working fine in every other way.

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