I have an ASP.NET Web Forms site developed under Visual Studio 2012. There is a master page with navigation bar and links to CSS tables. Bot are specified using the application root operator "~"
<asp:PlaceHolder runat="server"> <%: Styles.Render("~/Content/themes/base/css", "~/Content/css") %> </asp:PlaceHolder> ... <li><a runat="server" href="~/Forms/SelectResults.aspx">Generate Table</a></li> <li><a runat="server" href="~/BrowseDB.aspx">Browse DB</a></li>
When browsing the page
http://localhost/Forms/SelectResults.aspx I see that the "~" is resolved differently for these cases:
<link href="/Content/site.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" /> ... <li><a href="SelectResults.aspx">Generate Table</a></li> <li><a href="../BrowseDB.aspx">Browse DB</a></li>
So path to CSS is absolute and path to other pages is relative. When running on localhost, all works fine. But after deploying my site to the server it has an address
http://MyDomain/MySite/, so it is not located in the domain root. And because of absolute paths, no CSS files can be loaded! Navigation works fine, but all the styles are ruined.
Why doesn't "~" operator work in
Styles.Render directive? Both code snippets was generated by the standard ASP.NET website template, I didn't modify anything.
Site was developed under Visual Studio 2012, .NET Framework 4.5. My server specifications are:
- Windows 7 x64
- IIS 7.5
- Website Application Pool Framework 4.0