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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 Character Encoding in the .NET Framework for complete explanation)

-and-

DecoderFallback is set to DecoderExceptionFallback.

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 allows allocation of less memory, while the GetMaxCharCount method generally executes faster.

GetMaxCharCount retrieves a worst-case number, including the worst case for the currently selected DecoderFallback. 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, your application should allocate the output buffer based on the maximum size of the input buffer. If the output buffer is constrained in size, the application might use the Convert method.

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 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 SamplesEncoding  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // 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.
      Console.Write( "BE array with BE encoding : " );
      PrintCountsAndChars( barrBE, u32BE );
      Console.Write( "LE array with LE encoding : " );
      PrintCountsAndChars( barrLE, u32LE );

   }


   public static void PrintCountsAndChars( byte[] bytes, Encoding enc )  {

      // Display the name of the encoding used.
      Console.Write( "{0,-25} :", enc.ToString() );

      // Display the exact character count. 
      int iCC  = enc.GetCharCount( bytes );
      Console.Write( " {0,-3}", iCC );

      // Display the maximum character count. 
      int iMCC = enc.GetMaxCharCount( bytes.Length );
      Console.Write( " {0,-3} :", iMCC );

      // Decode the bytes and display the characters. 
      char[] chars = enc.GetChars( bytes );
      Console.WriteLine( chars );

   }

}


/* 
This code produces the following output.  The question marks take the place of characters that cannot be displayed at the console.

BE array with BE encoding : System.Text.UTF32Encoding : 5   12  :za??�
LE array with LE encoding : System.Text.UTF32Encoding : 5   12  :za??�

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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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