Literal Control in ASP.Net

Literal control is used to write simple text on the page, you can use server side formatting options like bold, italic, underlined.

<asp:Literal ID="Literal1" runat="server" Text="Hello"></asp:Literal>

Literal Control in ASP.Net

We cannot change its appearance as in Label .Unlike asp:label control, there is no property like BackColor, ForeColor, BorderColor, BorderStyle, BorderWidth, Height etc. of Literal control.

Difference between Label Control and Literal Control

·         The main difference is, you can apply style to a Label control where as you can not apply styles in a literal control.

·         Label control renders as span tag in a webpage while Literal Control only shows the text without any tag associated to it.

·         Literal control does not maintain its viewstate.

 ASP.NET Literal itself is a class which is present under System.Web.UI namespace.

Literal Mode property:

         i.            PassThrough: If you set this property, then the content will not be modified and rendered as is. For eg., if string contains <hr> tag then its dependent on your browser, of how it handles <hr> tag.

       ii.            Encode: If you set this property then content will be encoded and sent to browser for e.g., if your  string contains <hr> tag, then your string will be converted to &lt;Hr&gt; and sent to browser.

      iii.            Transform: If you set Mode property to Transform then the string render depends upon the type of the markup.


<asp:Literal ID="Literal1" runat="server"></asp:Literal>

       <br />

         <asp:Literal ID="Literal2" runat="server" Mode="PassThrough"></asp:Literal>  

         <br />

           <asp:Literal ID="Literal3" runat="server" Mode="Encode"></asp:Literal>


protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)


        Literal1.Text = "<hr>Hello from literal";

        Literal2.Text = "<hr>hr tag enclosed with mode PassThrough";

        Literal3.Text = "<hr>hr tag enclosed with mode Encode";




Literal Control in ASP.Net




  Modified On Nov-30-2017 12:59:36 AM

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