I am trying to set the value for href attribute of an anchor tag in one of my SharePoint Publishing Site layout pages. I need to set the value to the value stored in one of the columns in page's content type. I tried the following line, but I got an error message given below.

<a href='<%=<SharePointWebControls:FieldValue FieldName="SomeColumn" runat="server" /> %>'>Click here</a>

Error Message:

An error occurred during the processing of /_catalogs/masterpage/SomeLayoutPage.aspx. Code blocks are not allowed in this file.

Can anyone help me with this? I know that I can just use SharePointWebControls:UrlField control to get the link displayed on the page, but I'd like to have access to the value directly for other purposes too (like using the value for embeding YouTube video player etc.)

Thanks in advance!

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You can only get the value out of page Content Type field using the C#:

string valueoffield = (string)SPContext.Current.ListItem["YourContentTypeFieldName"];
  • If you do this remember that anyone who has contribute rights to the masterpage gallery can put any code into the masterpages/page layouts Commented May 30, 2012 at 11:33
  • Remember, it's not elegant of approaches. Commented May 30, 2012 at 17:18
  • Thanks for the response Falak and Per! But is there another way to get just the value out of the page content type field? Through some other SharePoint webcontrol, perhaps?
    – Girish
    Commented May 31, 2012 at 14:41
  • No, you can't do it using SharePoint web controls. The only option is to use code behind. Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 13:16

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