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asp:menu nodes not displaying properly with XML datasource

Posted on 2013-06-27
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Hi,

I am trying to use an XML datasource and an ASP:menu control to display the menu.
I have managed to get the SubMenu items showing and linking properly but am unable to get the first level node to display properly. At the moment, with the code I have, it shows MenuItem MenuItem MenuItem MenuItem etc. When I hover over the MenuItem that has the SubMenus they actually display and link properly. I believe I have tried adjusting the depth settings correctly and any thing else I have thought of. The reason I am using the XML datasource and XML file is because I want to have images displayed instead of words, sitemapdatasource doesn't allow that.

code :

XML file -
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<Menu>  
  <MenuItem text="Home" url="~/default.aspx"></MenuItem>
  <MenuItem text="Computer Services" url="~/pages/comp.aspx"></MenuItem>
  <MenuItem text="Home Technologies" url="~/pages/theatre.aspx"></MenuItem>
  <MenuItem text="Car Technology" url="~/pages/caraudio.aspx"></MenuItem>
  <MenuItem text="Shop" url="~/pages/shop.aspx"></MenuItem>
  <MenuItem text="Contact Us">
    <SubMenuItem text="Send Us A Message" url="~/pages/contactus.aspx"></SubMenuItem>
    <SubMenuItem text="About Us" url="~/pages/about.aspx"></SubMenuItem>
  </MenuItem>
</Menu>

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.aspx -
  <asp:XmlDataSource ID="XMLDatasource" runat="server" DataFile="~/MenuList.xml" XPath="/Menu/MenuItem"></asp:XmlDataSource>
                    <asp:Menu ID="MXMLMenu" runat="server" DataSourceID="XMLDatasource" IncludeStyleBlock="False" Orientation="Horizontal" >
                        <DataBindings>
                            <asp:MenuItemBinding DataMember="MenuItem" TextField="text" ValueField="text" 
                            NavigateUrlField="url" />
                            <asp:MenuItemBinding DataMember="SubMenuItem" NavigateUrlField="url" TextField="text"
                            ValueField="text" Depth="1" />
                        </DataBindings>
                    </asp:Menu>

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I just keep getting errors saying can not bind to "url" check my bindings. These look the same as any I have come across on the web.

Please Help!
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by:hielo
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Try XPath="/Menu" instead of XPath="/Menu/MenuItem"
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So, the solution is....

I had to have a url="" tag in the Contact Us menuitem! What a silly thing to have to do!
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Because I found the answer myself!
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