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ValidationSummary

When the user's input is processed (for example, when the form is submitted), the Web Forms framework passes the user's entry to the associated validation control or controls. The validation controls test the user's input and set a property to indicate whether the entry passed the validation test. After all validation controls have been processed, the IsValid property on the page is set; if any of the controls shows that a validation check failed, the entire page is set to invalid.

A ValidationSummary control is displayed when the IsValid property of the page is false. It "polls" each of the validation controls on the page and aggregates the text messages exposed by each. The following sample illustrates displaying errors with a ValidationSummary.

VB ValidationSummary1.aspx
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For a detailed discussion of Web Forms validation, please see the Validating Form Input Controls section of this QuickStart tutorial.