Why do < and > translate into &lt; and &gt;?

I'm building a row in a table and the code looks something like this:
dim tblRow as new htmltablecell
dim var1 as string = "blah"
dim var2 as string = "blah"
tblcell.innertext = var1.tostring & "<br>" & var2.tostring

Browser this looks like this:

View source it looks like:

Desired result:

Is there a way around this?

Thanks Steve

Steve SiricaSenior Web Application EngineerAsked:
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Because you're using the InnerText property. Use the InnerHTML property if you want to have HTML code in the string.

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Jeff CertainCommented:
set innerhtml instead of inner text -- innertext is translating your special characters into HTML-safe representations...
Steve SiricaSenior Web Application EngineerAuthor Commented:
So simple, yet so not obvious.

Thanks for the quick and accurate responses.
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