IdnMapping::GetAscii Method (String^)


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Encodes a string of domain name labels that consist of Unicode characters to a string of displayable Unicode characters in the US-ASCII character range. The string is formatted according to the IDNA standard.

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

String^ GetAscii(
	String^ unicode


Type: System::String^

The string to convert, which consists of one or more domain name labels delimited with label separators.

Return Value

Type: System::String^

The equivalent of the string specified by the unicode parameter, consisting of displayable Unicode characters in the US-ASCII character range (U+0020 to U+007E) and formatted according to the IDNA standard.

Exception Condition

unicode is null.


unicode is invalid based on the AllowUnassigned and UseStd3AsciiRules properties, and the IDNA standard.

The unicode parameter specifies a string of one or more labels that consist of valid Unicode characters. The labels are separated by label separators. The unicode parameter cannot begin with a label separator, but it can include and optionally end with a separator. The label separators are FULL STOP (period, U+002E), IDEOGRAPHIC FULL STOP (U+3002), FULLWIDTH FULL STOP (U+FF0E), and HALFWIDTH IDEOGRAPHIC FULL STOP (U+FF61). For example, the domain name "" consists of the labels, "www", "adatum", and "com", separated by periods.

A label cannot contain any of the following characters:

The GetAscii method converts all label separators to FULL STOP (period, U+002E).

If unicode contains no characters outside the US-ASCII character range and no characters within the US-ASCII character range are prohibited, the method returns unicode unchanged.

Notes to Callers:

In the .NET Framework 4.5, the IdnMapping class supports different versions of the IDNA standard, depending on the operating system in use:

See Unicode Technical Standard #46: IDNA Compatibility Processing for the differences in the way these standards handle particular sets of characters.

The following example uses the GetAscii(String^) method to convert an array of internationalized domain names to Punycode, which is an encoded equivalent that consists of characters in the US-ASCII character range. The GetUnicode(String^) method then converts the Punycode domain name back into the original domain name, but replaces the original label separators with the standard label separator.

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Universal Windows Platform
Available since 10
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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