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Encoding::HeaderName Property

When overridden in a derived class, gets a name for the current encoding that can be used with mail agent header tags.

Namespace:  System.Text
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

virtual property String^ HeaderName {
	String^ get ();

Property Value

Type: System::String
A name for the current Encoding to use with mail agent header tags.
An empty string (""), if the current Encoding cannot be used.

If your application needs an encoding for a header name, it should call GetEncoding with the HeaderName property. Often the method retrieves a different encoding from the test encoding furnished in the call. Generally only e-mail applications need to retrieve such an encoding.

Note that WebName returns the name to use to describe an encoding. The HeaderName property defines a different encoding that might work better for an e-mail application, for example. However, use of the property to define the encoding is not recommended.

The following example retrieves the different names for each encoding and displays the encodings with one or more names that are different from EncodingInfo::Name. It displays EncodingName but does not compare against it.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Text;
int main()

   // Print the header.
   Console::Write( "Name               " );
   Console::Write( "CodePage  " );
   Console::Write( "BodyName           " );
   Console::Write( "HeaderName         " );
   Console::Write( "WebName            " );
   Console::WriteLine( "Encoding.EncodingName" );

   // For every encoding, compare the name properties with EncodingInfo.Name. 
   // Display only the encodings that have one or more different names.
   System::Collections::IEnumerator^ myEnum = Encoding::GetEncodings()->GetEnumerator();
   while ( myEnum->MoveNext() )
      EncodingInfo ^ ei = safe_cast<EncodingInfo ^>(myEnum->Current);
      Encoding^ e = ei->GetEncoding();
      if (  !ei->Name->Equals( e->BodyName ) ||  !ei->Name->Equals( e->HeaderName ) ||  !ei->Name->Equals( e->WebName ) )
         Console::Write( "{0,-18} ", ei->Name );
         Console::Write( "{0,-9} ", e->CodePage );
         Console::Write( "{0,-18} ", e->BodyName );
         Console::Write( "{0,-18} ", e->HeaderName );
         Console::Write( "{0,-18} ", e->WebName );
         Console::WriteLine( "{0} ", e->EncodingName );

This code produces the following output.

Name               CodePage  BodyName           HeaderName         WebName            Encoding.EncodingName
shift_jis          932       iso-2022-jp        iso-2022-jp        shift_jis          Japanese (Shift-JIS)
windows-1250       1250      iso-8859-2         windows-1250       windows-1250       Central European (Windows)
windows-1251       1251      koi8-r             windows-1251       windows-1251       Cyrillic (Windows)
Windows-1252       1252      iso-8859-1         Windows-1252       Windows-1252       Western European (Windows)
windows-1253       1253      iso-8859-7         windows-1253       windows-1253       Greek (Windows)
windows-1254       1254      iso-8859-9         windows-1254       windows-1254       Turkish (Windows)
csISO2022JP        50221     iso-2022-jp        iso-2022-jp        csISO2022JP        Japanese (JIS-Allow 1 byte Kana)
iso-2022-kr        50225     iso-2022-kr        euc-kr             iso-2022-kr        Korean (ISO)


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.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0