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Old November 26th, 2006, 11:50 AM
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Default How to access master page in subdirectory?

I would think this should be easy-but not sure how to fix.

I have a site I'm creating that will use a masterpage. I created an Admin folder for some pages that I want limited access to. These are contentpages that will use the master in the general directory.

My problem is I don't know how to link the content pages in the admin folder to the CSS file and site images that are in the main directory. I was able to copy the css file and the "Site_Images" folder and put in the Admin folder and all worked.

Now, in my master page, I have tinkered with links. Originally, they were all specific to the main folder (ex: <link href="main.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" /> )

I changed this to "/main.css" and "~/main.css". when I do that, the contentpages outside the admin folder can't find the file nor can the pages in the same directory as the master.

Not sure how to solve this so that admin folder can use master page outside the folder the content page is in?


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Ok..I fixed this on my own--but not sure why this works.

I added "runat=server" into the <HEAD> tag.


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With a runat="server" attribute, paths like this:


are expanded to the proper application's root folder at run-time. So, if you have an app called MyApp, then ~/Main.css will expand to:


This path works from all pages in your site, as it's root relative.

/Main.css won't work as it points to http://localhost/Main.css.
~/Main.css won't work without the runat attribute because you'll end up with this in the browser:


which obviously isn't a valid path.


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Old November 26th, 2006, 01:20 PM
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