The SetUp

I have created 3 site columns. All set to not required fields. I have added these site columns to a content type. This content type I have added to a document library. The document library has had a couple of extra columns added to it locally, (causing a child content type), and two of the original site columns I have made required fields. This means on the library these fields are required by in the original content type they are still not required.

The problem

When I read the field in from the list and see if it is required it still states that it isn't required. Which means it appears to be reading it from the content type not from the list. Please see my code below. Am I coding it wrong?

 for (int i = 0; i < spView.ViewFields.Count; i++)
   string fieldName = spView.ViewFields[i];
   SPField field = spList.Fields.GetField(fieldName);
   var isRequired = field.Required;
  //Other code once found out if field is required.

1 Answer 1


Right, let's correct a few things:

First, adding a content type to the list will create a child content type. No list item ever has a Site Content Type as it's type. They're all list content types.

Second, you're iterating over the fields of the list, and checking the columns definition for if they're required. However, the columns are only required for your content type. The list could (theoretically) contain other content types for whom these columns are not required.

Thus, the question of whether or not that field is required is specific to that content type, rather than the list, and you'll find this in the SPContentType.FieldLinks collection. Each FieldLink lets you read/select if a given column is required for that content type.

So it should be something like:

SPContentType ct = ...
foreach(SPFieldLink fl in ct.FieldLinks) {
   bool isRequired = fl.Required;
   //Other code
  • Hi. Thank you for your reply. Sorry I've taken time to get back to you but I've been away. I will be looking at your answer shortly and hopefully update my code accordingly. I will let you know if it solves my problem. Jun 7, 2012 at 9:47
  • Hi Andy, I have tested the above and got it working. I now read the correct required fields. Although this causes a problem further into my code, which I hadn't included. After finding if the control is required or not, it renders a title on the page, I then render the control using field.FieldRenderingControl. This I'm unable to do with a spfieldlink. Because of this the SPField renders with the site columns required status not the list column required status. Do you have any idea what I should do? Jun 7, 2012 at 13:23
  • Not off the top of my head. I gues you could render your own 'required' marker. Or have you considered using the ListFieldIterator control?
    – Andy Burns
    Jun 12, 2012 at 12:32

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