[thelist] .NET [C#], DropDownList, HTMLEncode

Robert Vreeland vreeland at studioframework.com
Thu Sep 7 10:24:16 CDT 2006

Ok, the problem is not your dropdownlist per say, it's that the default
implementation of the HtmlTextWriter that your page is using is html
encoding entity characters, by default. So unless you want to write a custom
control that implements it's own htmlTextWriter you need to decode your
input before adding it to the dropdownlist and you may, I'm not positive on
this, need to override localization so the browser does not then translate
your text into the default langue of the user - like English. That said,
here is a example (lifted and modified from Microsoft) of using HtmlDecode:

String EncodedString = "&#917;&#955;&#955;&#951;&#957;&#953;&#954;&#940;";
StringWriter writer = new StringWriter();
Server.HtmlDecode(EncodedString, writer);
String DecodedString = writer.ToString();
	ListItem(DecodedString , "gr"));

Robert Vreeland

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> Sorry if this has already been suggested, but have you tried 
> designating your input as a verbatim string literal? You do so by 
> putting an @ before the leading  double quote like so:

No joy :(


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