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Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition by Matthew MacDonald

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13.3. Master Page Basics

The best websites don't look like a series of web pages—instead, they give the illusion of a continuously running application. For example, try ordering a book on Amazon. While you search, click through the links, and then head to your shopping cart, you'll always see a continuous user interface with a common header at the top and a set of navigation links on the left.

Creating something that polished with ASP.NET is possible, but it isn't as easy as it seems. For example, what if you want a navigation bar on every web page? Not only do you need to copy the same user interface markup to each page, you also need to make sure it ends up in the same place. An offset of a couple of pixels will completely ruin the illusion, ...

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