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"Unrecognized Tag" problem while changing the namespace for a custom Atlas control project

, 16 Oct 2006 CPOL
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This article provides the steps to solve the "Unrecognized Tag" problem for an Atlas control.

Atlas Custom Composite Control in IE

Introduction

Having developed an Atlas composite social security control, I wanted to change the root namespace from the default (<Project Name>) to the standard followed at my company. I thought it would be simple enough; I was in for a big surprise. Basically, I opened the project properties and replaced the Root namespace from “AmericanSSN” (this was my project name) to “AO.Web.UI.AtlasControls”. I recompiled the project, included it in the toolbox, and dropped the composite control on an ASPX page, the control rendered fine at design time. When the page was loading at runtime, I got the “Unrecognized tag” error for “americanssn:AmericanSSNBehavior”. Looking at the rendered HTML, I found that under the XML-script section generated by the extender class, the Page tag and Behavior were rendered as:

<page …. 
   xmlns:americanssn="americanssn">

<behaviors>
    <americanssn:AmericanSSNBehavior MyProperty="" 
          PageRequestManagerID="_PageRequestManager" 
          id="AmericanSSNControl1_SSNProperties" />
</behaviors>

Next, I looked at the generated assembly using ILDASM. At the very end of the MANIFEST section was the following entry to bundle the JavaScript resource into the assembly:

.mresource public AO.Web.UI.AtlasControls.AmericanSSNBehavior.js
{
  // Offset: 0x00000000 Length: 0x00001AD0
}
Since I had changed the Root namespace, I had to now change the extender file so that it renders the following:
<page …. 
   xmlns:ao.web.ui.atlascontrols="ao.web.ui.atlascontrols">

<behaviors>
  <ao.web.ui.atlascontrols:AmericanSSNBehavior MyProperty="" 
     PageRequestManagerID="_PageRequestManager" 
     id="AmericanSSNControl1_SSNProperties" />
</behaviors>

I also had to change the JavaScript file. The changes required are explained in the following three steps.

Step 1.

Modifications to project properties: Click on project properties and change the root namespace from <Project Name> to AO.Web.UI.AtlasControls.

Project Properties

Step 2.

Modifications to the extender file (AmericanSSNExtender.vb):

Modify the “Assembly Resource Attribute” region, click on the + sign to open the region, and change the namespace qualifier of the JavaScript file from <Project Name> to the root namespace. Modify the ClientScriptResource class attribute tag, change the prefix parameter from <Project Name> to the root namespace, and change the namespace qualifier of the JavaScript file to the root namespace.

The sections marked in Red were replaced with those marked in Blue:

Project Properties

The above was changed to:

Project Properties

Step 3.

Modifications to the behavior file (AmericanSSNBehavior.vb):

The sections marked in Red were replaced with those marked in Blue at different places in the JavaScript file:

Project Properties

The above was changed to:

Project Properties

Project Properties

The above was changed to:

Project Properties

Project Properties

The above was changed to:

Project Properties

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This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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azharkhan
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