Cleaner HTML Markup with ASP.NET 4 Web Forms - Client IDs (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series)
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by Scott Guthrie
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Clean, Standards-Based, CSS-Friendly Markup

One of the common complaints developers have often had with ASP.NET Web Forms is that when using server controls they don’t have the ability to easily generate clean, CSS-friendly output and markup.  Some of the specific complaints with previous ASP.NET releases include:

Auto-generated ID attributes within HTML make it hard to write JavaScript and style with CSS

Use of tables instead of semantic markup for certain controls (in particular the asp:menu control) make styling ugly

Some controls render inline style properties even if no style property on the control has been set

ViewState can often be bigger than ideal

ASP.NET 4 provides better support for building standards-compliant pages out of the box.  The built-in <asp:> server controls with ASP.NET 4 now generate cleaner markup and support CSS styling – and help address all of the above issues. 

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