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Custom MarkupExtension && Nested Extensions == Bug

April 16th, 2008

I’m currently working on a custom markup extension and came over a pretty nasty issue. Here’s the working XAML of a dummy extension:

<TextBox Name="txtCity"
   Foreground="{local:ColorExtension Color=Red}"


This works like a charm – the fore color is set to red as expected. However – as soon as I try to set the Color property through a resource, I’m getting a compiler error:

<TextBox Name="txtCity"
   Foreground="{local:ColorExtension Color={StaticResource ErrorBrush}}"

Here’s the error message: Unknown property ‘Color’ for type ‘MS.Internal.Markup.MarkupExtensionParser+UnknownMarkupExtension’ encountered while parsing a Markup Extension.


Well, the property does exist. Fortunately, Beatriz Costa referred to this bug in her blog – in October 2006. I’m working here with VS2008, targeting .NET 3.5, so I can honestly say: I’m not amused. Fortunately, there’s a workaround: Skip attribute syntax and fall back to property element syntax:

<TextBox Name="txtCity">
    <local:ColorExtension Color="{StaticResource ErrorBrush}" />


Another solution would be to assign a constructor to the ColorExtension markup extension that takes the Brush as a parameter. In that case, you could write XAML like this:

<TextBox Name="txtCity"
   Foreground="{local:ColorExtension {StaticResource ErrorBrush}}"

The compiler accepts a StaticResource as a constructor parameter, but it appears it breaks the VS designer. So for now, it’s property element syntax.


Some other observations: Some extensions can be nested, others can’t. Using DynamicResource also fails to compile, while using a RelativeSource statement or something like {x:Null} works without complaints.

If somebody can shed some light on this, I’ll be happy to update this post accordingly 🙂

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