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how to avoid drop down list validation for databound value

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 10, 2010    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net

i have multiple drop down lists and using the DataBount event to insert an initial value to populate the drop down list, which does exactly what i want it to do. however, now i have put a required validation control on it and the validation never gets triggered because of my value i insert using this code below. anyway i can get my validation control to avoid the databout value?

        protected void ddlTime_DataBound(object sender, EventArgs e)
            if (ddlTime != null)
                ddlTime.Items.Insert(0, "Available Times");


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