Check out the ASPxperience Suite features for the 2009 volume 2 release. [The ASPxperience Suite is a great collection of ASP.NET navigation, data layout management and application flow controls that include items such as a menu, tab, cloud, pager, and many others.]
SEO-Friendly Mode in ASP.NET Pager Control
Search engine optimization (SEO) is important for getting more traffic to your website. And if you’re trying to get your website noticed by Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc, then you’ll dig this feature. The new SEO feature of the ASPxPager control now gives the option of creating hard links that website crawlers can index. However, the ASPxPager control still support callbacks so you’re end-users have that great Ajax experience.
[And, the ASPxGridView already supports SEO mode, check out this online demo.]
Dropdown Buttons in ASP.NET Menus
Menu items can now display dropdown buttons next to them. This item type allows you to emulate ‘New’ menu items in Microsoft Office or Microsoft Visual Studio. End-users can click these buttons separately to invoke a menu, where the first choice is the same as a source item. Then the menu displays additional options.
Easier End-User Filtering in ASP.NET Title Index Control
The ASPxTitleIndex control now searches for text whether it’s in the middle or at the end of the entries. This feature is very useful when you don’t have the exact search string. You simply type a string portion and the control will display all matching items, regardless of the sub-string position.
New ASP.NET Rating control!
A new five-star rating control to allow your end-users to click a star to provide their rating. It’s also a fully customizable control:
- Change the number of elements (stars) in the control.
- Specify the appearance of elements by providing custom images for normal, hot-tracked and pressed states.
- Change textual descriptions assigned to each element ("star").
Customizable element fill mode is a special feature of the rating control. Since floating values are allowed, you can choose between three fill modes - fill entire stars only, use half-star precision or fill stars exactly as specified by the control's value.
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