Custom Control Designers : Design-time HTML
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The Final Result
The final

If you compile this code and use it in VS.NET you will see that you have a control that shows you almost exactly what the control will look like (even if you do not give it any text).

Without Text -

With Text -

Note that because you are dealing with an array you can get the collection editor by clicking the "..." next to the field -



Summary

This article went quite deep into designers and how to use a simple one like HTML rendering to get a working effect.

You may be able to tell that this is not the end for custom control designers (Part 1) as there is much more code that can be done (take a look at the DataGrid's designer for example) and I will be providing this code and information in future articles.

Code for this article.

The code for this article comes in two methods - TXT file and RAR archive. The TXT file is a plain text file of the classes in this article and the RAR contains a compiled assembly and TXT file of the classes.

Static Multi-Highlighter - TXT
Dynamic Multi-Highlighter - TXT
Assembly and source - RAR

All RAR files need to be extracted with WinRAR 3.0 (or above) see http://www.rarlabs.com/ to get it.


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