ASP.NET 2.0: Cross-page posting from a masterpage
I am currently in the process of writing a website in ASP.NET 2.0. On every page I want to show a search box, that directs the user to a search results page. I have done this by implementing a masterpage with a panel containing a textbox and search button that issues a cross page post (using the PostBackUrl property on the search button). Note that a panel was used so that a default action could be specified, i.e. so when the textbox was in focus and the user hit enter, the cross page post is made).
I could have implemented the search box using a html form (no asp.net controls) that posts to the search results page. I could have then interpreted the Request.Form collection. I decided, however, that I wanted to reference asp.net controls explicitly. This was done using the following code in the search results page (note the use of PreviousPage.Master.FindControl to get controls on the masterpage).
if (PreviousPage != null && PreviousPage.IsCrossPagePostBack)
TextBox search = (TextBox)PreviousPage.Master.FindControl("TextBoxSearchBlog");
string searchCriteria = Server.HtmlEncode(search.Text);
Response.Write("Not a cross page postback");
Note that to facilitate SearchResults.aspx correctly responding to posts from any page, I left out the PreviousPageType directive from the search results page, which would normally be in the following format: <%@ PreviousPageType VirtualPath="~/Default.aspx" %>
Also note that PreviousPage is null if the search is submitted from the SearchResults page with the above code.
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