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What's the purpose and function of the abover in the HTML code of a web form? Is it required for inheritance? How can it be omitted?

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SammyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
this directive is used to allow the net framework to compile the page or user control and use it in the calling page

from msdn
Indicates that another user control, page source file, or arbitrary file located at some virtual path should be dynamically compiled and linked against the current ASP.NET file (Web page, user control, or master page) in which this directive is declared.


now if you want to omit this you have to write all code in code behind instead of declaring it in aspx file
this way the .net framework will take care of the C# or VB.Net code without needing a reference

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