IdnMapping.GetAscii Method (String)

 

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)

Public Function GetAscii (
	unicode As String
) As String

Parameters

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
ArgumentNullException

unicode is null.

ArgumentException

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 "www.adatum.com" 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.

Imports System.Globalization

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim names() As String = { "bücher.com", "мойдомен.рф", "παράδειγμα.δοκιμή",
                                "mycharity" + ChrW(&h3002) + "org",
                                "prose" + ChrW(0) + "ware.com", "proseware..com", "a.org", 
                                "my_company.com" }
      Dim idn As New IdnMapping()

      For Each name In names
         Try
            Dim punyCode As String = idn.GetAscii(name)
            Dim name2 As String = idn.GetUnicode(punyCode)
            Console.WriteLine("{0} --> {1} --> {2}", name, punyCode, name2) 
            Console.WriteLine("Original: {0}", ShowCodePoints(name))
            Console.WriteLine("Restored: {0}", ShowCodePoints(name2))
         Catch e As ArgumentException 
            Console.WriteLine("{0} is not a valid domain name.", name)
         End Try
         Console.WriteLine()
      Next   
   End Sub

   Private Function ShowCodePoints(str1 As String) As String
      Dim output As String = ""
      For Each ch In str1
         output += String.Format("U+{0} ", Convert.ToUInt16(ch).ToString("X4"))
      Next
      Return output
   End Function
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'    bücher.com --> xn--bcher-kva.com --> bücher.com
'    Original: U+0062 U+00FC U+0063 U+0068 U+0065 U+0072 U+002E U+0063 U+006F U+006D
'    Restored: U+0062 U+00FC U+0063 U+0068 U+0065 U+0072 U+002E U+0063 U+006F U+006D
'    
'    мойдомен.рф --> xn--d1acklchcc.xn--p1ai --> мойдомен.рф
'    Original: U+043C U+043E U+0439 U+0434 U+043E U+043C U+0435 U+043D U+002E U+0440 U+0444
'    Restored: U+043C U+043E U+0439 U+0434 U+043E U+043C U+0435 U+043D U+002E U+0440 U+0444
'    
'    παράδειγμα.δοκιμή --> xn--hxajbheg2az3al.xn--jxalpdlp --> παράδειγμα.δοκιμή
'    Original: U+03C0 U+03B1 U+03C1 U+03AC U+03B4 U+03B5 U+03B9 U+03B3 U+03BC U+03B1 U+002E U+03B4 U+03BF U+03BA U+03B9 U+03BC U+03AE
'    Restored: U+03C0 U+03B1 U+03C1 U+03AC U+03B4 U+03B5 U+03B9 U+03B3 U+03BC U+03B1 U+002E U+03B4 U+03BF U+03BA U+03B9 U+03BC U+03AE
'    
'    mycharity。org --> mycharity.org --> mycharity.org
'    Original: U+006D U+0079 U+0063 U+0068 U+0061 U+0072 U+0069 U+0074 U+0079 U+3002 U+006F U+0072 U+0067
'    Restored: U+006D U+0079 U+0063 U+0068 U+0061 U+0072 U+0069 U+0074 U+0079 U+002E U+006F U+0072 U+0067
'    
'    prose ware.com is not a valid domain name.
'    
'    proseware..com is not a valid domain name.
'    
'    a.org --> a.org --> a.org
'    Original: U+0061 U+002E U+006F U+0072 U+0067
'    Restored: U+0061 U+002E U+006F U+0072 U+0067
'    
'    my_company.com --> my_company.com --> my_company.com
'    Original: U+006D U+0079 U+005F U+0063 U+006F U+006D U+0070 U+0061 U+006E U+0079 U+002E U+0063 U+006F U+006D
'    Restored: U+006D U+0079 U+005F U+0063 U+006F U+006D U+0070 U+0061 U+006E U+0079 U+002E U+0063 U+006F U+006D

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