Encoding Property

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Gets the Encoding in which the output is written.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  System.IO (in System.IO.dll)

public override Encoding Encoding { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Text..::..Encoding
The Encoding specified in the constructor for the current instance, or UTF8Encoding if an encoding was not specified.

This property is necessary for some XML scenarios where a header must be written containing the encoding used by the StreamWriter. This allows the XML code to consume an arbitrary StreamWriter and generate the correct XML header.