Get HTML string from code behind

Posted on 2010-11-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-17

I generate some HTML code from code behind I like to use at client side.
The strings are very complex (full HTML sides) and if I return as raw I get errors and my JavaScript don't work any more (destroyed by the return value).
So I need something like HttpUtility.HtmlEncode before I return it to client.
This works fine but now I need to convert it back as the HTML tags now destroyed and also the layout.
Is there a other function that may work than HttpUtility.HtmlEncode JavaScript can handle native?


Question by:andre72
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Expert Comment

ID: 34201367
You can use the javascript functions escape() and unescape() in most cases.

Author Comment

ID: 34201485
A sample for <html>
After HTMLEncode:

Client side:
unescape() returns &lt;html&gt;
escape() returns %26lt%3Bhtml%26gt%3B

Accepted Solution

DigitalTyrant earned 250 total points
ID: 34201655
The escape() and unescape() functions are alternatives to what you're attempting.  If you include the line
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
in the header of the page, you can use the following line in your javascript.


that line uses jQuery to create a temporary div to convert the string to HTML. For example,

var htmlCode = $("<div>").html("&lt;html&gt;").text();

There are plenty of other custom functions that make the conversion but jQuery is easy to implement and well maintained.
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Author Comment

ID: 34201726
Thanks this looks much better ...
I still can't understand why special chars are destroyed - do you have an idea for?

Assisted Solution

warhero earned 250 total points
ID: 34201778
I see, that's unusual - Javascript function;

escape - for encoding
unescape - for decoding

in your sample, it doesn't seem like decoding function works.

at the moment i can't be sure why but i can suggest some trails and you see how these affect the string value you're trying to encode and decode.

1. make sure the string being decoded in client side is a string
2. try trimming the white space in both sides
3. try using alternative representation for string like use of double and single quotes and see if something happens
4. as for a dirty trick try double decode to see if that does something

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5. i found a custom made encoding class in javascript, try fiddling with your html class to see it this helps, also you would learn how encoding works Custom Class - Html Encoder


Expert Comment

ID: 34201853
What do you mean destroyed?  

Author Comment

ID: 34204071
I'm sorry the special char problem was a StreamReader issue and not a de-/encoding problem

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34204081
Thanks for your support the JQuery and the HTMLDecoder Custom Class both works fine!

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