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.Net - set the encoding on a TextWriter object

Posted on 2003-11-04
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19
My question is how to I set the encoding on a TextWriter object?

I'm passing the result of an XML/XSLT tranformation to it later in the script.

the encoding specified in the XSLT document is ignored and the TextWriter property is used instead.

Therefore I need to change it to what I need (I want to set it to UTF-8)

It's declared as follows:-

TextWriter writer = new StringWriter();


Question by:berni_brown
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AJMartin earned 120 total points
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Internally, C# stores all characters as Unicode, IIRC. That's why you can't find an character encoding property for StringWriter and TextWriter.

It's only upon writing your document to disk or to a webserver (and then to a browser) that you have to worry about an encoding. In that case, you'll want to check out Encoding Class at: ms-help://MS.NETFrameworkSDKv1.1/cpref/html/frlrfsystemtextencodingclasstopic.htm
The ASCIIEncoding class encodes Unicode characters as single 7-bit ASCII characters. This encoding only supports character values between U+0000 and U+007F.

The UnicodeEncoding class encodes each Unicode character as two consecutive bytes. Both little-endian (code page 1200) and big-endian (code page 1201) byte orders are supported.

The UTF7Encoding class encodes Unicode characters using the UTF-7 encoding (UTF-7 stands for UCS Transformation Format, 7-bit form). This encoding supports all Unicode character values, and can also be accessed as code page 65000.

The UTF8Encoding class encodes Unicode characters using the UTF-8 encoding (UTF-8 stands for UCS Transformation Format, 8-bit form). This encoding supports all Unicode character values, and can also be accessed as code page 65001.

The HttpWriter class at: ms-help://MS.NETFrameworkSDKv1.1/cpref/html/frlrfsystemwebhttpwritermemberstopic.htm and maybe the StreamWriter class at: ms-help://MS.NETFrameworkSDKv1.1/cpref/html/frlrfsystemiostreamwritermemberstopic.htm could also be helpful to you.

I hope that helps!

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