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Encoding.GetMaxCharCount Method

When overridden in a derived class, calculates the maximum number of characters produced by decoding the specified number of bytes.

Namespace:  System.Text
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public abstract int GetMaxCharCount(
	int byteCount
)

Parameters

byteCount
Type: System.Int32
The number of bytes to decode.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The maximum number of characters produced by decoding the specified number of bytes.
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

byteCount is less than zero.

DecoderFallbackException

A fallback occurred (see Understanding Encodings for a complete explanation).

To calculate the exact array size required by GetChars to store the resulting characters, the application should use GetCharCount. To calculate the maximum array size, it should use GetMaxCharCount. The GetCharCount method generally allocates less memory, while the GetMaxCharCount method generally executes faster.

GetMaxCharCount retrieves a worst-case number. If a fallback is chosen with a potentially large string, GetMaxCharCount retrieves large values.

In most cases, this method retrieves reasonable numbers for small strings. For large strings, you might have to choose between using very large buffers and catching errors in the rare case that a more reasonable buffer is too small. You might also want to consider a different approach using GetCharCount or Decoder.Convert.

GetMaxCharCount has no relation to GetBytes. If your application needs a similar function to use with GetBytes, it should use GetMaxByteCount.

When using GetMaxCharCount, you should allocate the output buffer based on the maximum size of the input buffer. If the output buffer is constrained in size, you might use the Encoder.Convert(Char[], Int32, Int32, Byte[], Int32, Int32, Boolean, Int32, Int32, Boolean) or Decoder.Convert(Byte[], Int32, Int32, Char[], Int32, Int32, Boolean, Int32, Int32, Boolean) method instead.

Note that GetMaxCharCount considers the worst case for leftover bytes from a previous encoder operation. For most code pages, passing a value of 0 to this method retrieves values greater than or equal to 1.

NoteNote:

GetMaxCharCount(N) is not necessarily the same value as N* GetMaxCharCount(1).

Notes to Implementers

All Encoding implementations must guarantee that no buffer overflow exceptions occur if buffers are sized according to the results of this method's calculations.

The following code example encodes a string into an array of bytes, and then decodes the bytes into an array of characters.


using System;
using System.Text;

public class Example
{
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      // Create two instances of UTF32Encoding: one with little-endian byte order and one with big-endian byte order.
      Encoding u32LE = Encoding.GetEncoding("utf-32");
      Encoding u32BE = Encoding.GetEncoding("utf-32BE");

      // Use a string containing the following characters:
      //    Latin Small Letter Z (U+007A)
      //    Latin Small Letter A (U+0061)
      //    Combining Breve (U+0306)
      //    Latin Small Letter AE With Acute (U+01FD)
      //    Greek Small Letter Beta (U+03B2)
      String myStr = "za\u0306\u01FD\u03B2";

      // Encode the string using the big-endian byte order.
      byte[] barrBE = new byte[u32BE.GetByteCount(myStr)];
      u32BE.GetBytes(myStr, 0, myStr.Length, barrBE, 0);

      // Encode the string using the little-endian byte order.
      byte[] barrLE = new byte[u32LE.GetByteCount(myStr)];
      u32LE.GetBytes(myStr, 0, myStr.Length, barrLE, 0);

      // Get the char counts, and decode the byte arrays.
      outputBlock.Text += "BE array with BE encoding : ";
      PrintCountsAndChars(outputBlock, barrBE, u32BE);
      outputBlock.Text += "LE array with LE encoding : ";
      PrintCountsAndChars(outputBlock, barrLE, u32LE);
   }

   public static void PrintCountsAndChars(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock, byte[] bytes, Encoding enc)
   {

      // Display the name of the encoding used.
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0,-25} :", enc.ToString());

      // Display the exact character count.
      int iCC = enc.GetCharCount(bytes);
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(" {0,-3}", iCC);

      // Display the maximum character count.
      int iMCC = enc.GetMaxCharCount(bytes.Length);
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(" {0,-3} :", iMCC);

      // Decode the bytes and display the characters.
      char[] chars = enc.GetChars(bytes);
      outputBlock.Text += chars + "\n";
   }
}


/* 
This code produces the following output.

   BE array with BE encoding : System.Text.UTF32Encoding : 5   12  :zăǽβ
   LE array with LE encoding : System.Text.UTF32Encoding : 5   12  :zăǽβ

*/


Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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