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How do I avoid encoding when using asp:hyerlink and the navigateurl property?

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I have a link in a database to a file on our network :
G:/Formatted CVs/FormattedCV_Ackerman_J_106485.doc
however when the link outputs to the browser it gets encoded to contain :
file:///G:/Formatted%2520CVs/FormattedCV_Ackerman_J_106485.doc
The %2520 stops the link working in IE7.  I can I prevent this encoding or should I use another control to output my hyperlink?

<asp:HyperLink ID="HyperLink1" runat="server" NavigateUrl='<%#"file://" & Eval("ProformaLink").tostring %>'  Target="_blank">
<asp:Literal ID="Literal2" runat="server" Text='Link'/>
</asp:HyperLink>

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Question by:dgloveruk
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by:GiftsonDJohn
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Try this

<asp:HyperLink ID="HyperLink1" runat="server" NavigateUrl='<%# Server.UrlDecode(string.Format("file://{0}", Eval("ProformaLink")))%>'  Target="_blank">
<asp:Literal ID="Literal2" runat="server" Text='Link'/>
</asp:HyperLink>
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by:dgloveruk
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Nope, sadly this generated the same link and the same problem.
Any other ideas?
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GuitarRich earned 500 total points
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the NavigateUrl property will UrlEncode the data going into it - can you change it to a standard hyperlink?
<a href='<%#"file://" & Eval("ProformaLink").tostring %>'  Target="_blank">
<asp:Literal ID="Literal2" runat="server" Text='Link'/>
</a>

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by:dgloveruk
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That did the trick, I had a go at this before but wasn't able to get a syntax it was happy with, cheers!
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