ASP 101 - Active Server Pages 101 output.aspx
<%@ Page Language="VB" %>
<script language="VB" runat="server">
	' OK, here's the scenario:
	' We're happily scripting along and all of a sudden we need to
	' output the value of the variable strSomeText inside a bold tag.
	' This naturally means we need to output some plain HTML for the
	' beginning and end <strong> tags.
	' Create the variable that will contain the text that we want to
	' display and put some text into it:
	Dim strSomeText As String = "This is some text"
	Sub Page_Load(sender as Object, e as EventArgs)
		' Methods 1 and 2 don't do anything here... take a look at
		' the in-line code below.
		' Method 3:
		' Set the text of our label control in method 3.
		lblMethod3.Text = strSomeText & " in a Label control that was formatted at design-time."
		' Set the text of our second label control in
		' method 3 and then make it bold.
		lblMethod3Format.Text = strSomeText & " in a Label control that was formatted at run-time."
		lblMethod3Format.Font.Bold = True
		' Set the text of our literal control in method 3.
		litMethod3.Text = strSomeText & " in a Literal control."
	End Sub		
<title>ASP.NET Output Sample</title>
<form runat="server">
Method 1 - Break Script:<br />
' *** Method 1 - Break Script ***
'  We stop our scripting, drop out to the HTML that will be sent
'  directly to the browser and then just type our HTML tags as we
'  normally would in a plain HTML page.  This is actually done
'  twice in this instance.  Once for the <strong> and once for
'  the </strong>.
' Note: You'll usually see it formatted more like this:
' % >
' <strong>< % Response.Write(strSomeText) % ></strong>
' < %
' the two are functionally equivalent, the only difference is the
' placement of the carriage returns.  The first is shown to more
' clearly illustrate where we stop and resume the script each time.
' *** End Method 1 ***
Method 2 - Response.Write:<br />
' *** Method 2 - Response.Write ***
'  In this method we never drop out of our script.  We accomplish
'  this by simply outputting the HTML as strings along with the
'  value of our variable.
' Note: once again, the formatting is normally a little different:
' Response.Write("<strong>" & strSomeText & "</strong>")
' Once again, the two are pretty much the same.  As before, I'm only
' using the first format in an attempt to more clearly illustrate
' what is actually happening.
' *** End Method 2 ***
Method 3 - The ASP.NET Way:<br />
' *** Method 3 - The ASP.NET Way ***
'  In this method we use an ASP.NET server control to handle our
'  appointed task.  The exact control you use and how you format
'  it are really up to you and can depend on your situation, but
'  I'll illustrate a couple different methods so you can choose
'  what will work best for you.  Here is a Label control with the
'  bold applied when the control is defined.
<asp:Label id="lblMethod3" Font-Bold="True" runat="server" />
<br />
'  This time we'll once again use a Label control, but will
'  make the text bold at runtime instead.  See the Page_Load
'  subroutine above.
<asp:Label id="lblMethod3Format" runat="server" />
<br />
'  While the label control works very well, when I need to be in
'  complete control of the HTML that is sent the the browser, I
'  very often use the literal control because it outputs exactly
'  what you tell it to and nothing else.  The down side is that
'  you can't apply formatting to it like you can with the Label
'  control so which one you use really depends on your situation.
<asp:Literal id="litMethod3" runat="server" />
' *** End Method 3 ***
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