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HttpUtility.HtmlEncode Method (String)

Converts a string to an HTML-encoded string.

Namespace:  System.Web
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

'Declaration
Public Shared Function HtmlEncode ( _
	s As String _
) As String

Parameters

s
Type: System.String

The string to encode.

Return Value

Type: System.String
An encoded string.

If characters such as blanks and punctuation are passed in an HTTP stream, they might be misinterpreted at the receiving end. HTML encoding converts characters that are not allowed in HTML into character-entity equivalents; HTML decoding reverses the encoding. For example, when embedded in a block of text, the characters < and > are encoded as &lt; and &gt; for HTTP transmission.

To encode or decode values outside of a web application, use the WebUtility class.

The following code example demonstrates the HtmlEncode and HtmlDecode methods of the HttpUtility class. The input string is encoded using the HtmlEncode method. The encoded string obtained is then decoded using the HtmlDecode method.

Imports System
Imports System.Web
Imports System.IO

Class MyNewClass
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim myString As String
      Console.WriteLine("Enter a string having '&' or '""'  in it: ")
      myString = Console.ReadLine()
      Dim myEncodedString As String 
      ' Encode the string.
      myEncodedString = HttpUtility.HtmlEncode(myString)
      Console.WriteLine("HTML Encoded string is " + myEncodedString)
      Dim myWriter As New StringWriter()
      ' Decode the encoded string.
      HttpUtility.HtmlDecode(myEncodedString, myWriter)
      Console.Write("Decoded string of the above encoded string is " + myWriter.ToString())
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'MyNewClass

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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