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Parser Error - The server tag is not well formed - oh but it IS!

Hi folks

I'm building an FAQ page where the answers to questions are displayed when the question is clicked on.  I've got a repeater on the page like so:

<asp:Repeater ID="rptFAQ" runat="server">
    <HeaderTemplate>
        <ol>
    </HeaderTemplate>
    <ItemTemplate>
            <li>
                <a href="#<%# Eval("strIndex") %>"><%# Eval("strQuestion") %></a>
                <asp:PlaceHolder ID="phAnswer<%# Eval("strIndex") %>" runat="server"><%# Eval("strAnswer") %></asp:PlaceHolder>
            </li>
    </ItemTemplate>
    <FooterTemplate>
        </ol>
    </FooterTemplate>
</asp:Repeater>

But alas, on the PlaceHolder line I receive the following error:

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Parser Error
Description: An error occurred during the parsing of a resource required to service this request. Please review the following specific parse error details and modify your source file appropriately.

Parser Error Message: The server tag is not well formed.

Source Error:


Line 13:                             <li>
Line 14:                                 <a href="#<%# Eval("strIndex") %>"><%# Eval("strQuestion") %></a>
Line 15:                                 <asp:PlaceHolder ID="phAnswer<%# Eval("strIndex") %>" runat="server"><%# Eval("strAnswer") %></asp:PlaceHolder>
Line 16:                             </li>
Line 17:                     </ItemTemplate>
------------------

The variable strIndex is simply a integer converted to a string.  It works happily in the href, but doesn't like forming part of the ID in the PlaceHolder.  The same thing happens if I use a div with the runat="server" attribute (but it doesn't error if I remove runat="server").

I've seen some suggestions that this may be fixed by using single or no quotes around the ID (i.e. ID='<%# "phAnswer" + Eval("strIndex") %>' ), but that gives me a different error.  As follows:

Parser Error Message: The ID property of a control can only be set using the ID attribute in the tag and a simple value. Example: <asp:Button runat="server" id="Button1" />

Anyway, I was hoping that I could built the FAQ page to cater for users with scripting turned off (hence my wish to include runat="server" tag).  Does anyone have any ideas?  This is really annoying me.
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Sorry I took so long Zach, but I've been working on something else for a couple of weeks.  Anyway, thanks for your response, but alas, it was the answer I didn't really want to hear.  Back to the drawing board I suppose.