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How do I convert a table object to a string for an HTML email or insert table object into body of HTML email?

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I have a function that returns a table to display what a user has purchased for their receipt.
I am displaying the page when the user completes their order, but I'd also like to email the user a copy of the receipt.
The problem I am facing is the email class I'm using (MailMessage) only accepts a String for the body.
Thus, my originally intended code (myMailMessage.Body = myTable) is unacceptable.

I need to either convert the myTable object into a string or find a way to implement my table into the body of this html email message.
(I'm using VB .NET)
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Hello ManageMobility,

This function will render any control to html. In your case you could use: myMailMessage.Body = GetHTMLFromControl(myTable)

Regards,

TimCottee
    Public Function GetHTMLFromControl(ByRef TheControl As Object) As String
        Dim tw As IO.StringWriter = New IO.StringWriter
        Dim hw As Html32TextWriter = New Html32TextWriter(tw)
        TheControl.RenderControl(hw)
        Dim html As String = tw.ToString
        hw = Nothing
        tw = Nothing
        Return html
    End Function

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That was the fastest and probably best response I've ever gotten from any IT assistance site. Thank you very much!
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