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StreamWriter.Encoding Property

Gets the Encoding in which the output is written.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public override Encoding Encoding { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Text.Encoding
The Encoding specified in the constructor for the current instance, or UTF8Encoding if an encoding was not specified.

This property is necessary for some XML scenarios where a header must be written containing the encoding used by the StreamWriter. This allows the XML code to consume an arbitrary StreamWriter and generate the correct XML header.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

The following example retrieves the encoding of the specified StreamWriter instance.

// Write out the current text encoding
sw.WriteLine("Encoding: {0}",
    sw.Encoding.ToString());

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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