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Display GridView cell value as Link

I have a webapp written in ASP.Net (C#) and on one of my pages I have a GridView.  I have values stored in a table of a SQL database that are bound to a column in my GridView - we can call the column Links.  The values stored in the database are in the HTML tag format for a simple link - eg:

<a href="http://www.40k.com" target="_new">www.40k.com

There may be more than one of these link tags strung together in succession.  When these values are bound to the Links column of my GridView I need them to render as links and not as plain text - how can I accomplish this?
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burakiewiczCommented:
on the row databound event try this for the link column.  What is probably happening is that it is encoding the text when it first binds so it is actually showing >  for the >.  If you decode/replace it should render the actual tag.  Replace 0 with the column you are using
e.Row.Cells[0].Text = HttpUtility.HtmlDecode(e.Row.Cells[0].Text);
or if that doesnt work then try something like this
e.Row.Cells[0].Text = e.Row.Cells[0].Text.Replace(">",">").Replace("<","<");
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burakiewiczCommented:
Like on my first post.  I had & gt; without the space between & and gt;  in the lower code replace the @ with the &.  Had to put it so you could see what to replace
on the row databound event try this for the link column.  What is probably happening is that it is encoding the text when it first binds so it is actually showing @gt;  for the >.  If you decode/replace it should render the actual tag.  Replace 0 with the column you are using
e.Row.Cells[0].Text = HttpUtility.HtmlDecode(e.Row.Cells[0].Text);
or if that doesnt work then try something like this
e.Row.Cells[0].Text = e.Row.Cells[0].Text.Replace("@gt;",">").Replace("@lt;","<");
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spprivateCommented:
You can use htmlencode

if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
             {                
 e.Row.Cells[3].Text = Server.HtmlDecode(e.Row.Cells[3].Text);
              }
But curious
What is the need of this being stored as html tags.
Cos grid view itself has hyper link columns we can use.Here is one such post

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/.NET/ASP.NET/Q_24256154.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+c+gridview+hyperlink
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pprater1Author Commented:
I know, this is an enterprise application and this is old data that I'm having to deal with.  This page is a rewrite for an existing ASP page (not .NET) and I believe they were putting these directly on the page instead of in a grid, which was rendering correctly in the past.
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burakiewiczCommented:
yeah the corrent way would be to store the url and the text as fields in the db then you could just bind to a hyperlink fields Text and NavigateUrl.  But back in asp i dont think you had that kind of option.  Also, if you were to write this out to the page i think it might still work, but i know with a grid it encodes the data
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burakiewiczCommented:
if you can get them to parse the links into urls and text and stored in the db you could do it, you might even be able to parse it with a select statement, but im not a dba
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pprater1Author Commented:
The HttpUtility.HtmlDecode is what worked - I didn't have to do the Replace step.  Thanks!!
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