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Is there some easy way to handle multiple submit buttons from the same form? Example:

<% Html.BeginForm("MyAction", "MyController", FormMethod.Post); %>

<input type="submit" value="Send" />

<input type="submit" value="Cancel" />

<% Html.EndForm(); %>

Any idea how to do this in ASP.NET Framework Beta? All examples I've googled for have single buttons in them.

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You can try using this clean attribute-based solution to the multiple submit button this way:

[AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Method, AllowMultiple = false, Inherited = true)]

public class MultipleButtonAttribute : ActionNameSelectorAttribute


    public string Name { get; set; }

    public string Argument { get; set; }

    public override bool IsValidName(ControllerContext controllerContext, string actionName, MethodInfo methodInfo)


        var isValidName = false;

        var keyValue = string.Format("{0}:{1}", Name, Argument);

        var value = controllerContext.Controller.ValueProvider.GetValue(keyValue);

        if (value != null)


            controllerContext.Controller.ControllerContext.RouteData.Values[Name] = Argument;

            isValidName = true;


       return isValidName;



For razor:

<form action="" method="post">

 <input type="submit" value="Save" name="action:Save" />

 <input type="submit" value="Cancel" name="action:Cancel" />


For controller:


[MultipleButton(Name = "action", Argument = "Save")]

public ActionResult Save(MessageModel mm) { ... }


[MultipleButton(Name = "action", Argument = "Cancel")]

public ActionResult Cancel(MessageModel mm) { ... }

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