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Controller.Content Method (String, String, Encoding)

Creates a content result object by using a string, the content type, and content encoding.

Namespace:  System.Web.Mvc
Assembly:  System.Web.Mvc (in System.Web.Mvc.dll)

protected internal virtual ContentResult Content(
	string content,
	string contentType,
	Encoding contentEncoding


Type: System.String
The content to write to the response.
Type: System.String
The content type (MIME type).
Type: System.Text.Encoding
The content encoding.

Return Value

Type: System.Web.Mvc.ContentResult
The content result instance.

The result object that is prepared by this method is written to the response by the ASP.NET MVC framework when the object is executed.

A Visual Studio project with source code is available to accompany this topic: Download.

The example in this section shows how to use markup and code to display "Use <b> for bold text" in the browser when the Test Content link is clicked.

The following example shows markup that invokes the TestContent method.

<%= Html.ActionLink("Test Content Type Encoding", 
        new { id = false, sMsg= "Use <b> for bold text"})%>

The following example shows the TestContent method.

public ActionResult TstContentTypeEncoding(bool id, string sMsg) {
    string contentType = "text/plain";
    if (id == false)
        contentType = "text/html";
    return Content(Server.HtmlEncode(Server.UrlDecode(sMsg)),
                   contentType, System.Text.Encoding.UTF8);
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