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Hi,

I have a GridView that contains a comapny name. The problem is that although the GridView displays the text correct e.g. 'Smtih & Sons', when my code gets the text from the cell, i am returned 'Smith & Sons'.

How can I get it to return what I can see on the screen?

Thanks.
protected void GridViewBrowseResults_RowCommand(object sender, GridViewCommandEventArgs e)
{
  if (e.CommandName.Equals("ViewFile"))
  {
    int index = Convert.ToInt32(e.CommandArgument);
    string myRootDir = BrowseType;
    string myCompanyDir = GridViewBrowseResults.Rows[index].Cells[1].Text;
    string mySubDir = myListDirectoryMap[index].File_Folder;
    string myFileName = GridViewBrowseResults.Rows[index].Cells[3].Text;
    myToolBox.SetAccessPath(myRootDir, myCompanyDir, mySubDir, myFileName);
    }
}
 
 
Watch Results:
 
index	                      0                   	int
myRootDir	                      "quotation"    	string
myCompanyDir	"Smith & Sons"	string
mySubDir	                     "12008"         	string
myFileName	                     "FQ-0000012008-0"	string

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myCompanyDir = Server.HTMLDecode(myCompanyDir);
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by:tculler
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Yeah, the above will work perfectly; however, be aware that the ampersand (&) is not the only 'trick' character. There are a few more, as follows:

<   >
>   <
"    &quot;
&   &amp;
'    &apos; // Not always, though!

That's all I can think of off the top of my head, for now.
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Oh great, this site's system is even too ghetto to handle itself, lol. The first two lines are supposed to say

<  & gt;
>  & lt;

No spaces between the letters and the & though
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my post above should handle all of the characters...
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by:tetorvik
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Setting BoundField.HtmlEncode to false will do the trick as well.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.web.ui.webcontrols.boundfield.htmlencode.aspx

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Hi,

Thank you all for the posts. Tetorvik, I tried your suggestion but unfortunately, I had no success with it.
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Thank you for the code. Works like a dream.
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