mvc, model binding ,validation

I have an MVC application, my problem is that I am submitting a form to mvc controller with some validation

if i use below model binding works as expected but then i use jquery validation engine which requires to pass a class and eroor message in the input element ,if i use below model binding works but validation fails

           @Html.EditorFor(model => model.Title)
            @Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.Title)

if i use input as below then, validation works properly but then model binding do not work.

<input class="validate[required]" type="text" data-errormessage-value-missing="You need to specify a title"/>

 how can i over come this problem, i tried passing new {@class="validate[required]"} in the EditorFor but it did not work.i listed my whole form as below with my controller action at very end.

here is my form in mvc project;


<form id="companyEntry"method="post" action="/Home/CompanyEntry" enctype="multipart/form-data">

        <legend class="editor-label">Please Enter Your Company's Product Details Briefly</legend>
          <div class="editor-label">
        <div class="editor-field">

          <input class="validate[required]" type="text" data-errormessage-value-missing="You need to specify a title"/>

        <div class="editor-label">
            Description of the company,products...
        <div class="editor-field-body">
              @Html.EditorFor(model => model.Body,new { @class="text-body-field" })
            @Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.Body)
       @*     <textarea class="text-body-field"></textarea>*@
        <div class="editor-label">
            Upload Image
        <input class="validate[optional,custom[validateMIME[image/jpeg|image/png]]]]" type="file" name="file" id="file" /><br><br>
            <input type="submit" value="Submit" />


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        public ActionResult CompanyEntry(HttpPostedFileBase file,Topic company)
            if (file != null && file.ContentLength > 0)
                    string path = Path.Combine(Server.MapPath("~/Images"),
                    ViewBag.Message = "File uploaded successfully";
                catch (Exception ex)
                    ViewBag.Message = "ERROR:" + ex.Message.ToString();
                ViewBag.Message = "You have not specified a file.";
            return View();

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Ioannis ParaskevopoulosCommented:

First of all, what you could do is to see if you use the razor syntax what would the output be, when you load the page. This would give you a hint of how to do a "manual" model binding.

Haven't done this for a while, but if i remember well, you needed to add id and name attributes, which would point to the model property.

For instance if your company model had a property named "CompanyName" you would need to have your input as:

<input id="CompanyName" name="CompanyName" class="validate[required]" type="text" data-errormessage-value-missing="You need to specify a title"/>

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Still i am not 100% sure, so better check out how your page source is modified when it renders when you use the razor syntax.

That would give you a hint of how to fix the model binding.

Now, in a similar way you can check out why using the following razor syntax does not work:

@Html.EditorFor(model => model.Body,new { @class="text-body-field validate[required]" })

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I guess the above is what you try. Now let it render and check the page source. How does it differ from the one that works? This will give you a hint of what you need to do.

I know this is more a hint of how to solve your problem rather than a solution itself, but please post what you get after doing what i suggested, and i can help you more, if you have not figured it out yet.


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