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MailAddress Constructor (String, String, Encoding)

Initializes a new instance of the MailAddress class using the specified address, display name, and encoding.

Namespace:  System.Net.Mail
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public MailAddress(
	string address,
	string displayName,
	Encoding displayNameEncoding


Type: System.String

A String that contains an e-mail address.

Type: System.String

A String that contains the display name associated with address.

Type: System.Text.Encoding

The Encoding that defines the character set used for displayName.


address is null.


displayName is null.


address is String.Empty ("").


displayName is String.Empty ("").


address is not in a recognized format.


address contains non-ASCII characters.

Leading and trailing white space in the display name is preserved.

If address contains a display name, and displayName is not null and is not equal to String.Empty, displayName overrides the value specified in address.

The following code example uses this constructor to create MailAddress instances for the sender of an e-mail message.

// Create a mailing address that includes a UTF8 character 
// in the display name.
MailAddress from = new MailAddress("", 
   "Jane " + (char)0xD8+ " Clayton", 

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0