My name is John Jansen and I'm one of the Test Leads for the SharePoint Designer (SPD) product group. My specialty is data presentation and application building. But I also love to play around with CSS and generic ASP.NET controls. I plan to post tips and tricks here based on questions I see asked in Newsgroups as well as Discussion Boards inside Microsoft.
This first tip is about inserting an ASP.NET control onto a page in SharePoint Designer and then using that control as the mechanism for filtering a Data View on the page. For the purposes of this post, I'm using a DropDownList control because that seems to be the one most people ask about, but you could use a TextBox or CheckBox or anything else and get similar results. The scenario here is that you have a bunch of Categories and a bunch of Products that fit into those Categories, and you want to use a DropDownList to show Products for a specific Category.
To begin, create two lists in the browser: Categories with a field of CategoryName and Products with a field of CategoryName as well (I use a Lookup field type for simplicity, but it doesn't have to be - this code does a simple string compare). Then fill out the lists so you have more than one item in each.
This tip also assumes you already know how to open your Site in SPD and you have created a new page. I realize it is a lot of steps, but I believe they are pretty straight forward as you perform them...
OK. That should do it! Good luck.
I'm trying to figure out how to bind the data source to asp textbox insead of dropdown..
Can you show me how? Thanks in advance.... by the way .. I'll be glad if you could email me your reponse. my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I follwed the steps but only the value given in default value is filtering...but values sent from dropdown isnt working.