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How to learn the base class: RequiredFieldValidator?

Joel Finkel
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I am trying to extend the RequiredFieldValidator control. What I am trying to accomplish should be mindlessly simple: if the ControlToValidate is valid, output an OkayMessage that is rendered in the Font and Style that has been specified for it in the Property Editor.
It requires that the Style["visibility"] is always set to "show".

Research with the debugger shows that, unfortunately, the visibility is set in the control's Render method. Therefore I cannot simply override the method in this manner:

protected override void Render(HtmlTextWriter output)
this.Style["visibility"] = "show";
// visibility has been reset to "hidden"!

This means that I have to override the RenderContents method...probably. Herein lies my question. How do I discover what method I really need to override. How do I discover how the base class actually works? Without knowing this information, how can I possible extend it?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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