How can I extract raw HTML from dynamic server controls in ASP.NET?

Hello all,

     Does anyone know of a way to "extract" the HTML from dynamically created controls in ASP.NET (VB) and save it to a string variable? Here is what I'm trying to do: Ive got a very nicely designed Database driven table that is adding cells and rows to the table control per iteration of DbRow. When the user clicks a button, I am going to send them an HTML-based email of that table with all of the formatting, etc.  Instead of *rebuilding* the table piece by piece into an html string, is there a way just to extract the raw HTML with all of the formatting so that I can include it into a message body?  Something like : TableControl.ToHTML(), if it existed?  The good news is: all of the table cells just contain dynamic labels and data.  Nothing funky. No dropdowns, no textboxes, nada.  Hopefully this makes sense. :)

Any help is appreciated!

slugovskyAsked:
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NazoUKCommented:
You can get the generated html for a control as a string by using its RenderControl() method.

e.g.

StringWriter sw = new StringWriter();
HtmlTextWriter htw = new HtmlTextWriter(sw);
TableControl.RenderControl(htw);

string output = sw.ToString();

You'll also need to override the method VerifyRenderingInServerForm method on the page:

public override void VerifyRenderingInServerForm(Control control)
{
       
}

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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
Well, in the simplest scenario you ca do something like:

            System.IO.StringWriter sw = new System.IO.StringWriter();
            HtmlTextWriter htmlWriter = new HtmlTextWriter(sw);

            yourControl.RenderControl(htmlWriter);
            string content = htmlWriter.ToString();

Although this gets a little more fiddly depending on where you want to run the code from.

This article should help: http://fredrik.nsquared2.com/viewpost.aspx?PostID=412
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slugovskyAuthor Commented:
This worked famously! Thank you so much!
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