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Chapter 16. Model Templates > Customizing the Templated View Helper System - Pg. 561

CHAPTER 16 MODEL TEMPLATES Customizing the Templated View Helper System We have shown you how to use metadata to shape the way that the templated helpers render data, but this is the MVC Framework, so there are some advanced options that let us customize the templated helpers entirely. In the following sections, we'll show you how to can supplement or replace the built-in support to create very specific results. Creating a Custom Editor Template One of the easiest ways of customizing the templated helpers is to create a custom template. This allows us to render exactly the HTML we want. As an example, we are going to create a custom template for the Role property in our Person class. This property is typed to be a value from the Role enumeration, but the way that this is rendered by default is problematic. Listing 16-16 shows a simple view that uses the templated helpers to render HTML for this property. Listing 16-16. A View That Operates on the Person.Role Property @model MVCApp.Models.Person <p> @Html.LabelFor(m => m.Role): @Html.EditorFor(m => m.Role) </p> <p> @Html.LabelFor(m => m.Role):