Encoding.WebName Property


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When overridden in a derived class, gets the name registered with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) for the current encoding.

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

public virtual string WebName { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.String

The IANA name for the current Encoding.

The WebName property is the same as the Name property.

Note that WebName returns an IANA-registered name for the encoding. When its value is the name of a standard, the implementation of the encoding might not conform in full to that standard. The HeaderName property defines a different encoding that might work better for e-mail headers. However, most apps should use WebName instead.

For more information on the IANA, go to www.iana.org.

The Encoding.WebName is the same as the EncodingInfo.Name returned by Encoding.GetEncodings. Some of the web names are duplicates; see the remarks for Encoding.GetEncodings for more information.

The following example includes the WebName in an HTML header.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
using System.Web;

namespace WebNameExample 
   public class ExampleClass 
      public static void Main(string[] args) 
         // Use UTF8 encoding.
	 Encoding encoding = Encoding.UTF8;
	 StreamWriter writer = new StreamWriter("Encoding.html", false, encoding);


	 // Write charset attribute to the html file.
	 // The value of charset is returned by the WebName property.
	 writer.WriteLine("<META HTTP-EQUIV=\"Content-Type\" CONTENT=\"text/html; charset=" +
                           encoding.WebName +"\">");

	 writer.WriteLine("<p>" + HttpUtility.HtmlEncode(encoding.EncodingName) + "</p>");

This code produces the following output in an HTML file.

<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<p>Unicode (UTF-8)</p>


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 System;
using System.Text;

public class SamplesEncoding  {

   public static void 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.
      foreach( EncodingInfo ei in Encoding.GetEncodings() )  {
         Encoding e = ei.GetEncoding();

         if (( ei.Name != e.BodyName ) || ( ei.Name != e.HeaderName ) || ( ei.Name != 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)


Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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