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Encoding.Equals Method

Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current instance.

Namespace:  System.Text
Assemblies:   System.Text.Encoding (in System.Text.Encoding.dll)
  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

Public Overrides Function Equals ( _
	value As Object _
) As Boolean


Type: System.Object

The Object to compare with the current instance.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if value is an instance of Encoding and is equal to the current instance; otherwise, false.

Two instances of Encoding are considered equal if they correspond to the same code page and their EncoderFallback and DecoderFallback objects are equal. In particular, derived code pages all have a code page of 0 and their fallbacks are normally null (Nothing in Visual Basic .NET). Thus they are all considered equal to one another. One consequence is that when Equals is used to populate a hash table, all derived encodings compare equal and fall into the same hash table slot.

The following example gets two instances of the same encoding (one by codepage and another by name), and checks their equality.

Imports System
Imports System.Text

Public Class SamplesEncoding   

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Get a UTF-32 encoding by codepage. 
      Dim e1 As Encoding = Encoding.GetEncoding(12000)

      ' Get a UTF-32 encoding by name. 
      Dim e2 As Encoding = Encoding.GetEncoding("utf-32")

      ' Check their equality.
      Console.WriteLine("e1 equals e2? {0}", e1.Equals(e2))

   End Sub 'Main 

End Class 'SamplesEncoding

'This code produces the following output. 

'e1 equals e2? True

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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