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How to change the master page depending on the client’s browser October 6, 2010

Posted by fofo in Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010.
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In one of my seminars on ASP.Net, I was asked a question from a student regarding master pages and the various browser appications.

He basically asked if it was possible to have a different master page depending on the client’s browser.

My initial answer was to find the browser’s version programmatically and according to this value to have a particular master page dynamically assigned during the PreInit stage of the Page lifecycle.

But there is a simpler way.At first we need to create a website using Visual Studio 2008/2010.

Then copy the original Site.master page to the root directory of the website and rename it to AnotherSite.master.

Then we need to copy and paste in the root direcotory the Site.css and rename it to NewSite.css.

So we have now two master pages and two .css files.

Edit the AnotherSite.master and change the css reference


 <link href="~/Styles/Site.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
 <link href="~/Styles/NewSite.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

Now we do need to make some changes to the Newsite.css file.  You can change the background color, for example


The page layout

    width: 1200px;

Now we can go add a new web form to our page. We will call it “Anotherpage.aspx”.

Select as a master page the AnotherSite.master.

Then go to the “Source” of the newly created page and edit the Page directive according to the following line.

<%@ Page Title="" Language="C#"
ie:MasterPageFile="~/Site.master" AutoEventWireup="true"
CodeFile="MyNewPage.aspx.cs" Inherits="MyNewPage" %>

Run your application with IE and Firefox and notice the respective masterpages being applied to the web page.

Hope it helps!!!



1. read more - December 23, 2012

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what if you wrote a catchier title? I am not saying your content isn’t good, however what if you added something that makes people want more? I mean How to change the master page depending on the clients browser DOT NET RULES is kinda plain. You could look at Yahoo’s front
page and see how they write article titles to get viewers interested.
You might add a related video or a related pic or
two to get readers interested about everything’ve got to say. Just my opinion, it might make your posts a little livelier.

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