Chris, 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: <snip> String EncodedString = "Ελληνικά"; StringWriter writer = new StringWriter(); Server.HtmlDecode(EncodedString, writer); String DecodedString = writer.ToString(); this.languageDropDownList.Items.Add(new ListItem(DecodedString , "gr")); </snip> Sincerely, Robert Vreeland -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Chris at globet.com Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 10:27 AM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Cc: Chris at globet.com Subject: Re: [thelist] .NET [C#], DropDownList, HTMLEncode Robert > 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 :( [..] -- Chris Marsh Software Developer t: +44 20 8246 4804 x828 f: +44 20 8246 4808 e: chris at globet.com w: http://www.globet.com/ Any opinions expressed in this email are those of the individual and not necessarily the Company. This message is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is confidential and privileged and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete it from your system. -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !