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From CodePlex: "The CSS Friendly Control Adapters kit (for ASP.Net 2.0) provides pre-built control adapters that you can easily use to generate

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From CodePlex: "The CSS Friendly Control Adapters kit (for ASP.Net 2.0) provides pre-built control adapters that you can easily use to generate CSS-friendly markup from some of the more commonly used ASP.NET controls. "

Start by reading the original CSS Friendly Control Adapters Whitepaper. Check out Amit's ASP.NET ListView experiments and see how easily he changed the look and feel with CSS Table Gallery Stylesheets. ScottGu also has a nice, clean tutorial. For background as to why you'd use the CSS Friendly Control Adapters, read this MSDN article on developing ASP.NET Applications Using Web Standards.


It all started in late 2006 when Microsoft released the original CSS Friendly Control Adapters source code. It worked, but implementing it in a web site required either using a separate Visual Studio project template or manually injecting code files into an existing project. Considering the original project was released at least in some degree as a tutorial, this is not surprising.

Frustrated by the extra steps taken to incorporate these controls into a web project, an independent developer, Brian DeMarzo, repackaged the code so that it compiled into a single DLL, making it easy to include its functionality into any web project.

On March 7, 2007, Microsoft approved the idea of directly letting the community decide on and implement changes to the ASP.NET 2.0 CSS Friendly Control Adapters, undoubtedly thanks to the efforts of the original developer of the CSS adapters, Russ Helfand.

As a result, the CodePlex project will become the source for all future releases of the CSS Friendly Control Adapters.

Is this the official release of the CSS Friendly Control Adapters? Kind of. Originally, it wasn't, but when Microsoft handed the keys to the community, it became the official release. Still, more information can be found on Microsoft's ASP.Net web site.


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