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MVC3: Having trouble routing to a page in a different area

I am using

@Html.ActionLink("TestPage in other area", "Index", "ExternalSystem", "~/Areas/ExternalSystem/");

BUT I think the fourth parameter is not correct.

What should that value be? I am trying to route to a page locater in an Area different than the Area where the page is located where the button is located.

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So just to be clear, you having more than 1 area in your application and you are trying to get to that other area, is this right?  If so, I believe the correct syntax looks something like this:

@Html.ActionLink("test", "Index", "TestArea", new { area="Test1"}, new {}) 

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curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer


Yes, you are right. I already got that working before your post, but I need to post a model and have as yet been unsuccessful. So when I set a breakpoint in the Controller Action of the target Controller, I see the program execution stops there. So I know the fourth parameter is right. But the model is being re-created rather than submitted from the page.

There is a model being passed in which is valid. But none of the values have been set.  But the model in he View have the values set, since I can see them displayed on the page. How do I get the model from the View posted to the Controller Action which is successfully receiving control and which clearly has the correct input parameter type?
I need to see more code
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer


Ok, the link on page #1 looks like this:

@Html.ActionLink("text", "MyAction", "Controller2", new { area="Area2"}, null)

The Model for Page 1 and Page 2 are:
@model Web.Areas.Area1.Models.UserModel

public ActionResult MyAction(UserModel model)
    // the breakpoint here is hit, so control is passing  correctly to Controller2 in Area2

But the value contained in model are null, as when you just new'ed a UserModel. But, the page which is posting has real values in its model, when it posts to its own controller action.

curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer



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