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6/30/2014 8:08 PM


I am trying to build a module which will have multiple views, but I am having trouble navigating from one view to the other. I am using the standard View.ascx as well as SecondView.ascx. I have both controls registered, with SecondView having a Control Key of simply "SV". I have a link in View that when clicked I would like it to navigate to SecondView and keep all other modules on the page.

Now, I can get simple navigation working using:

NavigateURL(PortalSettings.ActiveTab.TabID, "SV", "mid=" + ModuleId.ToString )

However, it loads with the host/edit skin and not the same skin for the View page, and it removes all other modules from the page. Also, I have tried the following which return the same skin, but do not load the SecondView at all, just a blank page:


NavigateURL(PortalSettings.ActiveTab.TabID, "SV")

 So, my question(s) are:

  1. Is there a way to Navigate to the SecondView while retaining the same skin and all other modules on the page?
  2. Is there a way when I add the control to a page that I can specify which view I want to show by default?


 Also: I have checked Michael Washington's site and looked at his page on Module Navigation Options.

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7/1/2014 12:44 AM

What you're seeing is normal DNN behavior. Whenever "ctl=controlkey" appears in the querystring to force the loading of a module control other than the module's default (no controlkey) view control, there will be a switch to the edit skin and an isolation of the target module on the page. There are several ways to get around this and still have multiple view controls. Here are several variations of my favorite approach:

Register one and only one view control which acts as a dispatcher to several "sub"-view controls. Display of the sub-view can be based on a querystring parameter (other than ctl=), a tabmodule setting where multiple copy modules each having a different sub-view are placed on multiple pages, selection by the user from a navigation menu/buttons/drop-down, etc. within the dispatch control, etc.

The dispatcher control will display the selected sub-view by either showing/hiding panels (divs or an ASP.Net panel control) or by using LoadControl to dynamically load the appropriate sub-view. In the latter case you will find it easiest to have the sub-views inherit from PortalModuleBase and copying the ModuleCofiguration from the dispatcher control to the sub-view control after loading it.

With a trend toward client-side technologies, you might also consider using a form of templating (for example using KnockoutJS) to display user selectable views of data obtained via a web service all within the same module control.


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