Binding doesn't work when using custom control in DataTemplate

I'm trying to replace a standard control inside ListView DataTemplate with a custom control, but binding doesn't seem to work properly. Here is the definition of the ListView:

<Grid> <ListView ItemsSource="{Binding DataItemsCollection}"> <ListView.ItemTemplate> <DataTemplate> <StackPanel> <TextBlock Text="Static text" /> <TextBlock Text="{Binding DataItemText}" /> <BindingTest:CustomControl CustomText="{Binding DataItemText}" /> </StackPanel> </DataTemplate> </ListView.ItemTemplate> </ListView> </Grid>

Where DataItemsCollection is an observable collection of type

public class DataItemClass : INotifyPropertyChanged { string _dataItemText; public string DataItemText { get { return _dataItemText; } set { _dataItemText = value; Notify("DataItemText"); } } public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged; public void Notify(string propertyName) { if (PropertyChanged != null) PropertyChanged(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs(propertyName)); } }

And main window code looks like this:

public partial class MainWindow : Window { public ObservableCollection<DataItemClass> _dataItemsCollection = new ObservableCollection<DataItemClass> { new DataItemClass { DataItemText = "Test one" }, new DataItemClass { DataItemText = "Test two" }, new DataItemClass { DataItemText = "Test three" } }; public ObservableCollection<DataItemClass> DataItemsCollection { get { return _dataItemsCollection; } } public MainWindow() { InitializeComponent(); DataContext = this; } }

Custom control is simple:

<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal"> <Label Content="Data Item:" /> <TextBlock Text="{Binding CustomText, Mode=OneWay}" /> </StackPanel>

With CustomText defined as

public static DependencyProperty CustomTextProperty = DependencyProperty.Register( "CustomText", typeof(string), typeof(CustomControl), new FrameworkPropertyMetadata("", FrameworkPropertyMetadataOptions.BindsTwoWayByDefault)); public string CustomText { get { return (string)GetValue(CustomTextProperty); } set { SetValue(CustomTextProperty, value); } }

When I run this project I see correct text in second TextBlock in DataTemplate, but not inside of a custom control. What am I doing wrong?


By default Binding is relative to DataContext, which is DataItemClass in your case, but CustomText property is declared in CustomControl. You need to specify relative binding source:

<TextBlock Text="{Binding Path=CustomText, RelativeSource={RelativeSource Mode=FindAncestor, AncestorType=BindingTest:CustomControl}}" />

If your control is going to stay that simple, you can completely remove CustomText property and change <TextBlock Text="{Binding CustomText, Mode=OneWay}" /> to just <TextBlock Text="{Binding DataItemText} />.


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