The Use of < and > in Web Design

When it comes to programming, the less than (<) and greater than (>) seems to have about the same number of meanings as the word ‘break’. I’m not sure if that is true but I do know there are many meanings. I have compiled a list of meanings and when you might use each one.

<% %> Used for performing in-line code routines
Example: <%=inline expression %>
<%$ %> Used for Evaluating expressions in .Net
Example: <$ AppSettings: Copyright %>
<%:%> New in 4.0. Used for short hand notation for HTML encoded elements
Example: <%: Model.Content%>
<@ %> Used at the top of Page for page directives
Example: <%@ Page Title=””%>
<%= %> Embedded code blocks
Example: <% =GetTime() %>
< …… > Used to handle HTML blocks or ASP.NET Controls
Example: <a href=”>sample'</a>
<%# %> Used for binding data to a control
Example: <%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, “Name”)%>
<%– –%> Used for writing server-side comments
Example: <%– Server Side Comment –%>
<!– –> Used for actual comments inside html form
Example: <!– Comment –>

You can see there are many ways to use these symbols. I hope this helps in your programming.

Note: If you can think of any others uses pass them along and I will add them.

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