bool editor template in mvc4

Posted on 2014-01-24
Last Modified: 2014-03-06
I am trying to create an Editor Template for bool types in MVC4.  I successfully created one for string types but can't get the one for boolean types working.  Here is what I have so far:

Under Views -> Shared -> Editor Templates, I have the following ascx file called bool.ascx:
<%@ Control Language="C#" Inherits="System.Web.Mvc.ViewUserControl<bool>" %>
<%   var htmlAttributes = new ENL.HtmlPropertiesAttribute();   
         htmlAttributes = (ENL.HtmlPropertiesAttribute) ViewData.ModelMetadata.AdditionalValues["HtmlAttributes"];   
     htmlAttributes.HtmlAttributes().Add("class", "text-box single-line " + htmlAttributes.CssClass); 
    <%= Html.Label(ViewData.ModelMetadata.DisplayName, new { @class = "editor-label" })%> :        
    <%= Html.CheckBox(String.Empty, ViewData.TemplateInfo.FormattedModelValue)%>                                         

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In my ENL_GroupNamesMetadata.cs class I have the following fields as part of my model:
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;
internal sealed class ENL_GroupNamesMetadata
    [DisplayName("Group Name ID")]
    public int ENLGroupNameID { get; set; }
    [ENL.HtmlProperties(Size = 40, MaxLength = 30)]
    [Required(ErrorMessage = "* Group Name is required")]
    [DisplayName("Group Name")]
    public string ENLGroupName { get; set; }
//    [UIHint("bool")]
    public bool IsActive { get; set; }

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Here is the markup in my Edit.cshtml:
        <div class="editor-field">
            @Html.EditorFor(model => model.IsActive)
            @Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.IsActive)

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Here are the problems I have:

1. The IsActive property is not being recognized as a bool and displayed using the bool.ascx markup.  The checkbox is displayed and is checked but the label isn't displayed.
2. If I add [UIHint("bool")] to the IsActive property, the label is displayed along with the checkbox but the checkbox isn't checked.

 If I put ViewData.TemplateInfo.FormattedModelValue in a TextBox, true is displayed.

Any help with this is greatly appreciated!
Question by:dyarosh
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Expert Comment

by:Bob Learned
ID: 39808690
I am confused...

Did you try this?

@Html.CheckBoxFor(model => model.IsActive)

Author Comment

ID: 39808726
I can't use it because it is a template.  I can't access the model directly.
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Expert Comment

by:Bob Learned
ID: 39809049
You have the model here:

<div class="editor-field">
            @Html.EditorFor(model => model.IsActive)
            @Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.IsActive)

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I meant that you could use @Html.CheckBoxFor instead of @Html.EditorFor.
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Author Comment

ID: 39811792
It doesn't matter whether I use EditorFor or CheckBoxFor because either way I need a template.

I don't know why the bool type isn't triggering the template - do I have it define wrong?
I also don't know why the checkbox isn't being checked.
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Accepted Solution

SriVaddadi earned 500 total points
ID: 39908374
Rename your template to Boolean.ascx. That should do the trick

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39909212
Thank you.  That worked.  If I wanted to create one for integers would I name it Integer or Int?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39909366
Not both. You name it Int32

Author Comment

ID: 39910095

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